03/06/2011 6:27PM

Santa Anita: Sadler takes Italian Rules

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Italian Rules won Sunday's third race for trainer Mark Glatt and was claimed for $40,000 by trainer John Sadler.

Italian Rules ($6.40) was sent off favored and held off a late threat from an unlucky Hard Bill to win the sprint over 6 1-2 furlongs by a nose. Italian Rules was timed in 1:14.92. He stalked pacesetter Booted for the first half-mile before taking the lead.

Italian Rules had been second in his last three starts, losing by a nose, a head and a head since late November.

Hard Bill was stuck behind horses on the turn, and rallied three-wide to just miss.