04/17/2010 7:59PM

Santa Anita: Ellis finishes with triple


Mr Gruff successfully defended his title in the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap on Saturday, which may be the last turf sprint for the time being for the 6-year-old gelding.

After the race, trainer Ron Ellis said Mr Gruff will be considered for the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on turf at Hollywood Park on May 31.

Ellis had a spectacular day on Saturday, winning three races - an optional claimer on the main track with Believe in Hope and an optional claimer on the turf with Dewey's Special.