02/13/2011 7:57PM

Santa Anita: Rosario wins 999th


Jockey Joel Rosario won the 999th race of his career in Sunday's seventh race, essentially stealing an optional claimer over 1 1-8 miles on turf for fillies and mares aboard Calle Vista ($7.40).

Rosario led throughout on Calle Vista, who set slow fractions of 23.94 and 48.75 seconds, leading by a length on the backstretch. The 5-year-old mare held on to win by a half-length over Megaspiel, with Andina a fast-closing third in the field of eight. Andina was the 7-5 favorite. Calle Vista was timed in 1:48.98.

Rosario had a chance to win the 1,000th race of his career in the upcoming La Canada Stakes, on the well-fancied Harmonious.