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Adoration Wins Santa Margarita

March 15, 2004

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Adoration took the lead in the stretch and inched clear to win the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap for fillies and mares four years and older Sunday at Santa Anita Park.

Adoration spent most of the race comfortably sitting in back of pace-setting Star Parade, then was steered to the outside by jockey Mike Smith and urged on to seize command.

Star Parade couldn’t match Adoration’s charge but hung on gamely for second over Bare Necessities.

Trained by David Hofmans for Amerman Racing LLC, Adoration paid $6.60 and $3.60, covering 1 1-8 miles in 1:48.85.

Star Parade returned $3.60. There was no show betting in the five-horse race.

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