04/09/2011 2:16PM

Santa Anita: Puype's stable in form


Traienr Mike Puype won his second race in as many days when El Merito ($6.80) won Saturday's first race. Ridden by David Flores, El Merito, rallied from off the pace to win the $25,000 claimer overa mile on turf by a head in 1:36.16. El Merito was favored.

Puype has won with 13 of 63 starters at this meeting, and with four of 12 on turf.

He has a chance to chance to add to that with the first-time starter One Bad Texter.

Tiz West, who finished fifth, was claimed for $25,000 by Caesar Dominguez. Tiz West, 6, won two stakes in 2008 - The Grade 3 Cinema Handicap and the La Puente Stakes.