03/04/2011 7:44PM

Santa Anita: Z's sparring partner wins

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El Vino, who frequently worked in company with 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta last year, reached the winner's circle for the first time in Friday's sixth race.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, El Vino ($10.60) closed from mid-pack to win a $50,000 claiming race for maidens by 1 1-4 lengths over 6-5 favorite Reality Ride. El Vino, 5, ran six furlongs in 1:08.02. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, El Vino made his third career start on Friday, having finished seventh in his debut last March and a fast-closing second in a $50,000 claiming race for maidens on Jan. 6.