04/15/2011 6:43PM

Santa Anita: 'Marv' wins comeback


Mayor Marv ($12), unraced since finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Derby in May 2009, won a $25,000 claimer over six furlongs in Friday's sixth race, edging 7-2 Dave's Pacemaker by a nose after a stretch duel.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, his second winner of the day, Mayor Marv was timed in 1:08.52. Mensa Heat, the 7-5 favorite, finished third in the field of six. Trainer Ted H. West claimed Mensa Heat for $25,000 in a five-way shake.

Mayor Marv races for Mike Pegram and leading trainer Bob Baffert. In the late winter and spring of 2009, Mayor Marv won the Turf Paradise Derby, finished 11th in the Sunland Park Derby (in which Mine That Bird was fourth) and was sixth in the Lone Star Derby before the 23-month layoff.

Mayor Marv was the fourth consecutive non-winning favorite in Friday's pick six races, leading to the possibility of a carryover for Saturday.