POMONA, CA, SEPT. 24, 2010-Fashion Trend, a gray daughter of the stakes-winning sire Petionville, roared past favored Saint Isabelle on the far turn and went to score an impressive 5 -length victory over that rival in the $50,000 Palomares Stakes at Fairplex Park Friday.
Ridden by Felipe Valdez who replaced sidelined Martin Pedroza, Fashion Trend earned $28,000 for owners Robert B. and Beverly Lewis Trust in the mile and one-sixteenth race. She covered the distance in 1:45.54 under 119 pounds and paid $10. Saint Isabelle held on for second under David Flores. Not Here finished third in the field of six 3-year-old fillies.
""The race set up well for her,"" said winning trainer Craig Dollase. ""I liked where we were at when I saw the fractions. Felipe did a great job and everything worked out."" Valdez picked up the mount from Pedroza, who has endured a pinched nerve under his right shoulder in recent weeks and missed his 10 scheduled mounts Friday when he did not receive medical clearance to ride from Fairplex Park physician Dr. Daniel Yanni because of the condition. The 45-year-old jockey, the track's career leader in victories with 641 and well on his way to his 12th straight title, took off Thursday's mounts due to stomach illness.
Two stakes events highlight Saturday's 12-race card, the $50,000 Las Madrinas Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles, headed by 7-5 morning line favorite Dance to My Tune, and the $50,000 Pomona Derby at 1 1/16 miles. Gallant Gent is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the race for 3-year-olds, while Bench the Judge is 5-2 second choice. The Las Madrinas is the third race, while the Derby is the 11th.
First post time is 1 p.m.
Monday, closing day of the 15-day race meet, is Fan Appreciation Day. There will be free admission, parking and programs, and bargain prices on popcorn, hot dogs and soda.