02/24/2011 7:12PM

Santa Anita: Closers excel on hill

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Kelly Leak ($11.60) rallied from well off the pace to win an optional claimer on the hillside turf course, a style that has been most effective on the unique course in recent weeks.

Through the fifth race, a frontrunner had not led throughout on the hillside turf course in 16 races, since Jan. 29. Kelly Leak rallied from fourth to win by 1 1-4 lengths over Noble Court, the 3-2 favorite. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Kelly Leak, 5, ran about 6 1-2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:13.77.