04/01/2011 4:17PM

Santa Anita: A messy 1st race


Beautiful Sunday ($4.20) earned her maiden win in Friday's first race.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer Jim Cassidy, Beautiful Sunday was blocked behind pacesetters Whispers of War in the stretch and was not clear until the final sixteenth, eventually winning by a half-length over the 33-1 runner-up. Brave Journey finished third in the field of six.

So She Dances, the 2-1 second choice, finished fourth after a poor start. She was expected to be near the front but was last for the first quarter-mile, raced as close as third on the turn but faded through the stretch.

The race was reduced by one starter when the 50-1 outsider Gribble's Gamble got loose before the start and ran around the turf course.