From a blog at Twinspires by Jennifer Caldwell...
And now to the filly everyone is talking about – UNIQUE BELLA. The Jerry Hollendorfer pupil may have been winning too easily of late, as the March 4 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park saw the gray lass challenged for the first time since she kicked off her career last June.
Unique Bella didn’t have the best of starts in the 1 1/16-mile affair. She broke in, her head in the air, and was rank for jockey Mike Smith heading into the first turn. The Tapit filly refused to settle on the inside, surging forward between Tap It All and Spooky Woods, bumping with the latter. She finally straightened out upon hitting the front and continued on her merry way, all alone, until rounding the final turn.
That’s when Unique Bella seemed to shorten stride. Could have been she lost interest, could have been Smith allowed his guard to drop with how easily she usually wins. Whatever the reason, Abel Tasman came powering up the outside and threatened the heavy favorite.
Or at least, appeared to threaten. With a tap of the whip from Smith, Unique Bella re-broke and pulled away once again to be 2 1/4 lengths clear on the wire. Despite all that, she still earned a 104 BRIS Speed rating, her second best to date.There are some still claiming Unique Bella is the best three-year-old out there, period, and should face the boys, but Hollendorfer continues targeting the Kentucky Oaks with his latest superstar. Next up is the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) on April 8. Hopefully, if she wins as easily as Songbird did last year for Hollendorfer, Unique Bella won’t come down with a fever afterward and be forced to miss the Run for the Lillies.http://www.twinspires.com/blog/2017/3/5 ... eaderboard
Count me as one of the some that believe, it's been a long time since Winning Colors in 1989!
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.