04/16/2011 4:01PM

Santa Anita: Palma claims winner

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Cherokee Heaven ($3.80) won Saturday's first race and was claimed by $40,000 by trainer Hector Palma.

A7-year-old horse, Cherokee Heaven won the hillside turf race by 1 1-4 lengths over Muny, finishing about 6 1-2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.92. The opening race was the first of five turf races on Saturday's 10-race program.

Cherokee Heaven won the Impressive Luck Handicap on the hillside turf course in January 2010, but has raced in optional claimers, always available for a tag, since returning to training following a three-month layoff in November.