02/05/2011 6:59PM

Santa Anita: Seconds for Flores

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In consecutive races, on horses with vastly different chances, David Flores could only finish second in the fourth and fifth races at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Flores rode 2-5 favorite Turbulent Descent to a second in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes. Previously unbeaten in three starts, Turbulent Descent was well-positioned in early stretch but could not catch Zazu, who saved ground in the final quarter-mile to win by 1 1-4 lengths. Zazu ($10) had finished behind Turbulent Descent in two stakes at Hollywood Park in the fall.

In the fifth race, Flores rode Caged Mistress, a 51-1 outsider, to a surprise second in a $40,000 claimer over about 6 1-2 furlongs on the hillside turf course. Caged Mistress emerged from the pack to finish behind Separate Forest ($5.40), who pulled clear late to win by 4 1-4 lengths.

Flores has one more mount on Saturday, Lodi Red, a 6-1 chance on the morning-line, in the 10th race.