12/29/2010 6:32PM

Santa Anita: Awesome, Patriot


Awesome Patriot essentially won a match race in Wednesday's fourth race that had a guest entrant.

Awesome Patriot and Riveting Reason were within a length of each throughout the allowance race over a mile. Awesome Patriot led throughout, with Riveting Reason dueling for the lead through the first quarter-mile, stalking the winner to the turn and then engaging again in early stretch. Awesome Patriot won by a half-length, finishing in 1:35.05.

Miles Long Gone finished third. He never threatened the first two and finished more than nine lengths behind Riveting Reason.

Awesome Patriot is trained by Bob Baffert, who has won three races for 2-year-olds in the first three days of the meeting. Awesome Patriot has won 2 of 4 starts. He beat maidens in October and was fifth in the Jack Goodman Stakes and third in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes. Wednesday's race was his first start around two turns.