ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Lucky Primo beat Got Even by a half-length in the $175,000 Lava Man California Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday, one of six races for California-breds.
Ridden by Tyler Baze, Lucky Primo ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.05 and paid $11.80, $7.80 and $4.60 for his first win on dirt.
Got Even returned $29.60 and $9.80, while 7-5 favorite John Scott was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $3.60 to show.
It was Baze's first stakes win since returning to riding Oct. 5. He was reinstated after more than a year's absence because of a failed Breathalyzer test at Del Mar in August 2011.
"At this stage of my career I'm definitely appreciating things more, especially the (horses) everybody's giving me right now," said Baze, who turns 30 on Oct. 19. "I've got a whole lot of live horses people have been putting me on and it's just a blessing."
The victory, worth $105,000, Lucky Primo increased his career earnings to $437,616, with six wins in 16 starts.
In other stakes:
—Trainer John Sadler finished 1-2 with Monument and Ballard Ruler in the $250,000 Bob Benoit Cal Cup Juvenile. Monument won by 2 3/4 lengths despite nearly brushing the inner rail inside the sixteenth pole. The 2-year-old colt ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.84.
Monument paid $12, $5.80 and $4.80. Ballard Ruler returned $5.80 and $4.20, while Star Rocker was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $6.80 to show.
Monument earned $137,5000 for the victory, giving him career winnings of $195,500 with three wins in four starts.
—Tiz Flirtatious rallied in the stretch under Joel Rosario to win the first division of the $100,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff by 1 3/4 lengths. She covered 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:11.70 and paid $9.20, $5.80 and $3.60 as the 7-2 favorite.
Best Present Ever returned $5.40 and $3, while Unusual Hottie was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $3 to show.
The victory, worth $60,000, increased Tiz Flirtatious' career earnings to $194,800, with four wins in five starts.
—Bella Viaggia won the second division of the Cal Cup Distaff by two lengths under Joe Talamo. She ran the distance in 1:12.02 and paid $21.40, $9.60 and $6.40 for her third straight win and first on the turf.
Missdealornodeal was second and Cayanna was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.
Bella Viaggia earned $60,000, increasing her career winnings to $155,000 with three wins in four starts.
—Maui Mark rallied five-wide in deep stretch to win the $100,000 Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint by a half-length under Garrett Gomez. The 7-year-old gelding ran six furlongs in 1:09.03 and paid $19, $10.20 and $6.80 in his first race since July 25 at Saratoga.
Ain't No Other returned $6.20 and $4.40, while Obsess was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $8 to show.
Maui Mark earned $60,000, increasing his career winnings to $364,568 with 10 wins in 26 starts.
— Tilde won the $250,000 Keith E. Card Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies by a half-length under Rafael Bejarano. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.56 and paid $6.20, $4.40 and $3.20 as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10 2-year-old fillies.
Doinghardtimeagain returned $11 and $6.80, while Cotton's Point was another 5 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $6 to show.
Owned, bred and trained by Mike Harrington, Tilde earned $137,500, increasing her career winnings to $332,560, with four wins in five starts.