02/19/2011 4:41PM

Santa Anita: Memorable start for apprentice Devan Torres


Apprentice jockey Devan Torres, 21, rode for the first time in Saturday's first race. Torres rode Sign In, a 15-1 shot, who led the field by as many as six lengths on the backstretch, but faded in early stretch. Sign In was certain to be beaten in the stretch when Torres lost his whip.

Sign In later finished fifth, behind Lauren C ($4.80), who ran six-furlongs in 1:10.23 on a wet-fast track beating Alphabet Cat by a nose

Torres is from nearby Santa Maria, Calif. He is not booked to ride on Sunday or Monday.