12/31/2010 5:13PM

Santa Anita: Down the hill

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Sassou ($14) led throughout Friday's second race, a $40,000 claiming race on the hillside turf course, the first such race run on the unique course at the meeting.

Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, Sassou set fractions of 21.44 and 43.27 seconds and held off a late threat from 2-1 Stoneside to win by a neck in 1:12.77. A Lil Dumaani finished third in the field of nine, with 9-5 favorite Dapper Gene finishing fifth.

 Dapper Gene was claimed by Mike Mitchell, while Trumpet Player Jay, who finished fourth, was claimed by Doug O'Neill.