07/28/2011 6:00PM

Del Mar: L.A. Weekend wins turf debut


L.A. Weekend ($17.20) led throughout an optional claimer for statebreds over five furlongs on turf in Thursday's fourth, the first turf dash of the meeting.

Ridden by Tyler Baze, his second winner of the day, L.A. Weekend won by a half-length over a fast-closing Arresting Officer, finishing in 56.47 seconds. Sammy's a Runnin', the 9-5 favorite, finished seventh never reaching contention while racing at the back of the field.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro, L.A. Weekend has won two of three starts. He won his debut at Hollywood Park on May 21 on the main track but was a disappointing last of seven in an optional claimer on June 16. L.A. Weekend was Diodoro's first winner of the meeting with his eighth starter.