01/28/2011 4:12PM

Santa Anita: Baffert wins 22nd


Trainer Bob Baffert won his 22nd race of the winter-spring meeting when Temp staggered home to prevail by a neck in Friday's first race for maidens.

Temp, ridden by leading rider Rafael Bejarano, closed from last in a field of five to beat pacesetter Reality Ride. Neither of the first two finishers ran well through the stretch, finishing the last quarter-mile in 26.78 seconds.

Temp ($4.80), purchased for $1 million at the 2008 Keeneland September Yearling, made his fourth start on Friday. The 4-year-old colt had been second twice and third once in his first three starts.

Baffert has won 22 races with 49 starters, and has a four-race advantage on runner-up Doug O'Neill. He has no further runners on Friday.