01/28/2011 7:58PM

Santa Anita: West claims winner


Sassou ($5) won his third consecutive race in Friday's sixth at Santa Anita, and was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Ted H. West.

West and new owner Peter Redekop paid a premium for Sassou, a 6-year-old gelding. He had raced and won turf sprints in December for claiming prices of $32,000 and $40,000.

Regardless, Sassou is a proven runner. He has won 7 of 19 starts, and has been in the first four in his last seven races. During that time he was trained by Jean-Pierre Dupuis.

Friday, Sassou set a quick pace - 21.27 and 43.26 seconds - and held off a late threat from Details R Sketchy to win by a head.