04/02/2010 4:45PM

Santa Anita: Rebecca scores easy win


Rebecca scored her first win in her second start with an easy victory in a maiden race on the hillside turf course in Friday's third race. Trained by Mike Machowsky and ridden by Mike Smith, Rebecca ($3) fought for the early lead with Donner Wasser, and pulled clear before the crossing to win by 4 1-4 lengths, running about 6 1-2 furlongs in 1:13.72.

Machowsky could have a big weekend. He starts Caracortado in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, needing a first or second-place finish to assure a spot in the Kentucky Derby on May 1.