04/14/2011 6:48PM

Santa Anita: Layoff is no problem

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Denim n' Motion, making his first start since July 2009, held off a late run from 2-1 favorite Ringmistress to win a maiden race on the hillside turf course by a nose in Thursday's sixth race.

The stewards conducted an inquiry into the race after 14-1 shot Lyrical started hopelessly behind the field. Lyrical's gate was ruled to have started simultaneously to the other runners, but the filly did not get away.

Denim n' Motion, ridden by Brice Blanc, led throughout, finishing about 6 1-2 furlongs in 1:14.31. The 4-year-old filly had one previous start, an eighth in a maiden race in July 2009 when trained by Gary Sherlock. Denim n' Motion started for trainer Marty Jones on Thursday. Ringmistress finished 1 1-4 lengths in front of Candy's Girl in the field of 11.