08/14/2010 5:09PM

Del Mar: Akeela ($76) stings bettors


Akeela, the longest shot in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, pulled a major upset in Saturday's first race, closing from just off the pace to catch pacesetter Seedless in a six-furlong race for $20,000 claimers.

Trained by Matt Chew and ridden by Brice Blanc, Akeela had not started since finishing last of seven in a starter allowance over a mile on turf at Santa Anita in April.

Saturday, Akeela was third on the backstretch and won by a length over Seedless, finishing in 1:17.85.