‘TDN Rising Star’ FAIZA (f, 3, Girvin–Sweet Pistol, by Smart Strike) stalked and pounced and then fended off familiar foe Pride of the Nile (Pioneerof the Nile) to prevail by a half-length in Saturday’s GIII Las Virgenes S. at Santa Anita. She stopped the clock in 1:38.46. The $90,000 FTKJUL yearling blossomed into a $725,000 FTMMAY juvenile. After a convincing debut score sprinting at Del Mar Nov. 12, she survived an inquiry after besting Pride of the Nile by a head in the Dec. 10 GI Starlet S. at Los Al. Sales history: $90,000 yrl ’21 FTKJUL; $725,000 2yo ’22 FTMMAY. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0.
O-Michael Lund Petersen. B-Brereton C. Jones (KY). T-Bob Baffert.
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