Thumb_andersen Steve Andersen , Santa Anita , 2017-12-26 , Race 7 - DRF Live Posted : Dec 26, 2017, 6:43 PM

Santa Anita: Bella is brilliant in La Brea

Unique Bella caught Paradise Woods in the final furlong to win the first Grade 1 race of her career in Tuesday's $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Unique Bella ($4.60) finished three-quarters of a length in front of 2-1 Paradise Woods, who was followed by 15-1 Mopotism in the field of eight. Unique Bella ran seven furlongs in 1:21.49.

Princess Karen set an early lead of 22.26 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, closely followed by Paradise Woods and Unique Bella. Paradise Woods took the lead on the turn, closely tracked by Unique Bella.

Unique Bella has won 6 of 8 starts and earned $592,400. The win erased the disappointment of a seventh-place finish as the 11-10 favorite in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Del Mar on Nov. 4. 

The La Brea was Unique Bella's fifth stakes win, all at Santa Anita since early January.