12/27/2010 6:52PM

Santa Anita: Finally, turf racing


Magic Launch had an ideal trip in Monday's fifth race, the frist race of the meeting on turf, scoring her second consecutive win. An attempt at a third straight win will be for a different stable.

Magic Launch, 5, was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Hector Palma.

Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, Magic Launch ($4.40) took the lead turning for home, led by a length at the eighth pole and won by a half-length over 24-1 She'sfitforaking, who closed well late. Magic Launch ran a mile on turf in 1:36.37. The surface was listed as "good" after sustaining 14 inches of rain from Dec. 27 through Sunday.