SEPT. 17, 2010---Faisca recovered strongly from a minor ailment when she finished sixth in the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. to overpower six rivals with a 5 -length victory in the $50,000 Phil D. Shepherd Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Fairplex Park Friday.
"She had mucous in her throat last time she ran," explained trainer Caesar Dominguez. "That's why she stopped. We cleared it all up and you saw her today."
Ridden by Alonso Quinonez for owners Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Walks, Faisca paid $15.20 and covered seven furlongs under 118 pounds in 1:25.53. The California-bred daughter of A.P. Warrior earned $28,000.
"I was in a good position behind the leaders, and when I asked her, she took off," said Quinonez, who was winning his second stakes race of the meet.
No one hit the Pick Six on Friday, creating a carry over of $42,325 into Saturday.
Saturday's feature is the $115,000 Barretts Debutante for 2-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs. Dearly Concerned, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Pedroza, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in a field of eight.
First post time for the 12-race program is 1 p.m.