04/01/2011 6:48PM

Santa Anita: Steiner close in return


Jockey Joe Steiner finished a close second in Friday's sixth race on Woodland Flood, a 34-1 shot who led in the stretch of a $10,500 to $12,500 claimer over a mile but was beaten a head by Saravas Wild Again ($19.20).

Prior to Friday, Steiner last rode at Santa Anita in April 2005, a layoff initally caused by a shoulder injury.  In recent years, Steiner, 46, had worked as an exercise rider, primarily for trainer Bob Baffert.

Woodland Flood finished a nose in front of 10-1 Concerto's Thunder, who was a head in front of 4-1 Capt. Sparrow. Equiparado, the 9-5 favorite, bled visibly from the nostrils and was eased through the stretch.