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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ act Finder was overlooked by most of the Santa Anita crowd of 46,-109, and didn’t seem to be a factor in the $207,100 Santa Barbara Handicap - until the final strides.
Charging up to catch the frontrunning Love Smitten late in the stretch, Fact Finder inched in front at the wire to score a nose victory in Sunday’s turf race for 4-year-old and up fillies and mares.
Fact Finder went off as a 6-1 shot, with Love Smitten at 4-1 and Reine Mathilde the even-odds favorite.
Love Smitten, running smoothly and holding a two-length lead heading down the stretch, appeared to have the race locked up. But Fact Finder suddenly rallied and got up in the nick of time.
Salt Spring finished a length behind the first two, with Reine Mathilde a distant five lengths further back in fourth.
Carrying 118 pounds and ridden by Gary Stevens, Fact Finder was timed in 2:01 3-5 over the 11/4 miles.
Fact Finder, who earlier in the Santa Anita meeting captured the San Gorgonio Handicap on the turf, paid $13.80, $5.80 and $3.40 for the Santa Barbara victory.
Love Smitten, carrying 117 and ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., returned $5.80 and $3.80. Salt Spring, 114 and Rafael Meza, paid $6 to show.
The victory was worth $116,-000 to Fact Finder’s owner, Nelson Bunker Hunt of Dallas.
Charlie Whittingham trains Fact Finder, and he also saddles Greinton, winner of Saturday’s $200,000 San Bernardino Handicap at Santa Anita.
Love Smitten set the early pace in the Santa Barbara, with Air Distingue second and Clear As Crystal third, as Stevens kept Fact Finder back in fourth. Air Distingue and Clear As Crystal began to fade, and Fact Finder started to make up ground.
Salt Spring, last in the six-horse field in the early going, also rallied late, but could not catch the frontrunners.
Air Distingue finished fifth, and Clear As Crystal was last.
Also on Sunday, Rocky Marriage, $4.60, captured the $85,-650 Bold Ruler Stakes by 63/4 -lengths at Aqueduct for his third victory in six starts this year. His margin of victory was the same as he posted in his April 8 debut at the New York track.
Ridden by Angel Cordero, Rocky Marriage, 119, was clocked in a stakes record 1:08 4-5 for the six furlongs. Entropy, 121, was second.
In Saturday’s races, Rascal Lass led from wire-to-wire to win the $282,700 Fantasy Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Oaklawn Park. Part of an entry that paid $11 to win, Rascal Lass finished 11/2 lengths ahead of Jorge Tejeira.
British-bred Greinton outdueled archrival Precisionist down the stretch to win the $207,600 San Bernardino Handicap at Santa Anita. Greinton, $3.60, paired as an entry with Champion Pilot, took the lead after a mile of the 11/8 -mile race and held on to win over Precisionist, who had swept the three- race Strub Series by twice beating Greinton.
Morning Bob, $6.40, came from off the pace to beat favored Lord Of The Manor by 21/2 lengths in the $146,250 Excelsior Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Aqueduct.
Sparronvon, $19.60, charged from behind turning for home and posted a five- length victory over favored Bea Quality in the $107,800 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico.
Squan Song, $3.60, took the lead in the final turn to capture the $100,000- added Haddonfield Handicap at Garden State Park over Kattegat’s Pride. It was Squan Song’s ninth victory in 16 lifetime starts.
Nak Ack, $4.80, won the $75,-750 Telly’s Pop Handicap at Golden Gate Fields by a length over Prince Don B., then survived an interference claim.
Bello, $5, took the lead with less than a half-mile to go and pulled away to a four-length victory over Silent King in the $54,300 Ben Ali Handicap at Keeneland.
Isayso, $6, a 6-year-old mare, finished a length ahead of Rash But Royal in the first division, and Four Flings, $12, won the second division of the $40,000-added Columbiana Handicap at soggy Hialeah Park.