Sunday, October 14, 2012

Two races later in the second division of the Cal Cup Distaff, SLO Racing Stable's Bella Viaggia continued her winning ways with a two-length score under jockey Joe Talamo. The Mike Puype pupil was made the 9-1 fifth pick in the nine-distaffer field despite boasting triumphs in her past two races, and gave nice payouts of $21.40, $9.60 and $6.40.

Bella Viaggia saved ground when settling along the inside while running over the downhill turf and inched away late to secure the victory in 1:12.

"Before she actually ran I worked her about seven or eight times so I was very familiar with her," Talamo said. "We just had a great trip. Mike had her ready to go today. The rail opened up good and we just shot on through."

"It was a big race; big effort. She has a great future," Puype acknowledged. "When horses want to win like that, and they come out running, those are seasoned horses. She showed a big race today to be like that.

"Let me tell you, she works this main track like no other. She runs on synthetic too, and trains on the dirt better than both of them so I think I can go anywhere where there's a race. Her weight is unbelievable right now. She looks great."

Bella Viaggia ran second in her career debut at Hollywood Park on May 26, then returned two months later to break her maiden at Del Mar by 2 3/4 lengths. The Good Journey sophomore was the 2-5 favorite in that contest, and next out was sent off the even-money choice when taking an optional claimer back at the seaside track.

The winner's share from the Distaff nearly doubled Bella Viaggia's earnings to $155,000, and the bay filly's line now stands at 4-3-1-0.