Nany's Sweep, upset winner of the Santa Monica Handicap.

Nany's Sweep, upset winner of the Santa Monica Handicap.

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Nany's Sweep Upsets Santa Monica; Surfside Third

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Nany's Sweep, a 13-1 long shot ridden by Kent Desormeaux, rallied boldly in the stretch and caught Serenita in the final yards for a one-length victory Saturday in the grade I Santa Monica Handicap for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

Nany's Sweep ran seven furlongs in 1:22 2/5 on a fast main track and paid $28.20, $10 and $2.20. Kathy Walsh trains the winner for Budget Stable.

It was the first grade I victory for the 59-year-old Walsh, whose three decades as a trainer include training titles at Longacres near Seattle and Canterbury Park in Minnesota.

Serenita, Corey Nakatani riding at 114 pounds, finished second and paid $5.80 and $2.10.

It was three lengths back to Surfside, the 3-to-5 favorite ridden by Pat Day, who was never a serious threat for the win but managed to mount a mild rally and finished third. The 121-pound high weight, Surfside returned $2.10 for show.

Hookedonthefeelin, My Wild Rose, Theresa's Tizzy and New Heaven completed the order of finish. Kalookan Queen, Automated and Gourmet Girl were scratched earlier in the day.

A 5-year-old Florida-bred by End Sweep, Nany's Sweep has a 6-4-3 record from 17 starts and the $120,000 winner's share increased her earnings to $385,465. Her only previous stakes victory was in the $50,000 Orinda Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in December.

Serenita sprinted clear at once and held a clear lead through fractions of :21 3/5 and :44 2/5. The Argentine filly entered the stretch with a four-length lead, but Nany's Sweep, who had lagged in sixth place early on, swung out for the drive and finished with a rush and won going away.

"We were far back, but my depth perception told me that if we continued to move at the rate we were going, we were going to get there," Desormeaux said.

The upset was one of several on the nine-race program and there is a Pick Six carryover of $147,822 to Sunday's program. Early first post is 11 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.

(More, Equibase)