Bare Necessities swept to the lead entering the stretch and held off a bid by defending champion Alexine in a 1 1/2-length victory Sunday in the $82,875 Santa Lucia Handicap for fillies and mares.
Jockey Mike Smith received a three-day suspension from Santa Anita stewards for his ride aboard Ulloa in Saturday's second race.
Wheelock Whitney's Florida homebred Charge lived up to his name, rallying with a rush in the stretch to overtake 7-5 favorite Purely Classic by a length in the $75,000 Caltech Handicap for 3-year-olds at rainy Gulfstream Park Sunday.
Fuse It became a two-time stakes winner at the Fair Grounds meet Sunday, winning the $100,000 Red Camelia Handicap for Louisiana bred mares by a length over Mysia Jo.
Kona Gold emerged from his third-place finish in Saturday's Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita in good order, but will be given a brief freshening at trainer Bruce Headley's nearby farm.
Majestic Wisdom became a Queen's Plate contender by shocking the field as the longest shot on the tote board in Sunday's $161,100 Achievement Stakes at Woodbine.
Offlee Wild, trained by T. V. Smith, worked a half-mile at Gulfstream Park Sunday in :48 1/5. At Calder, Supah Blitz, second in the Fountain of Youth (gr. I) and fourth in the Florida Derby (gr. I) worked five furlongs in 1:01 handily.
Trainer Darrell Vienna's California-bred sprinters Disturbingthepeace and Echo Eddie finished 13th and 17th, respectively, in Sunday's $1.435-million Takamatsunomiya Kinen on the turf at Chukyo racecourse in Japan.
Under strong urging from jockey Pat Day, Excessivepleasure fought off favored Spensive and Apalachian Thunder to record a neck victory in Sunday's $500,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico.
Ana Marie, third in the group I French Oaks last season, won her 2003 debut, the Prix d'Harcourt (gr. II) for older horses on Sunday at Longchamp.
Danny Sorenson, who suffered a fracture at the base of his neck in a spill in Thursday's seventh race, was a visitor to the Santa Anita jockeys' room Friday afternoon.
Jockey Jason Lumpkins won three races at Turfway Park Sunday to tie Kris Prather's 2001 winter/spring meeting record of 109 wins.
- By Tom Precious
The New York Racing Association has narrowed the choice of companies to run its future VLT betting operation at Aqueduct to two major casino firms: MGM Mirage and Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts.
Rapidly maturing Ministers Wild Cat, a colt who drifted in during the stretch run of his last two races, will wear blinkers for the first time in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), trainer Neil Drysdale said.
Ten Cents A Shine, who finished eighth in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) earlier this month, will make his next start in the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) on April 12, owner Ken Ramsey said. The son of Devil His Due worked one mile in 1:38 2/5 at Santa Anita Sunday morning for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
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