02/21/2011 5:00PM

Santa Anita: Diodoro claims 'Gene'


Dapper Gene was claimed for the fifth time since September when trainer Robertino Diodoro took the 5-year-old gelding for $40,000 from Monday's first race.

Dapper Gene ($8.80) won by 1 1-4 lengths over Dance With Gable, running about 6 1-2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:14.33.

A 5-year-old gelding, Dapper Gene has won 6 of 24 starts. Monday's win was his fourth win in his last five starts. Claimed by Ted H. West in September, Dapper Gene was later claimed by Hector Palma, Mike Mitchell, Palma again and finally by Diorodo. The gelding has been claimed in his last three starts.