03/01/2009 12:00AM

Battle of Hastings gives Mullins another Baldwin


ARCADIA, Calif. - Trainer Jeff Mullins's success in the Baldwin Stakes shows no signs of abating.

Sunday at Santa Anita, Mullins won the Baldwin for the third time in the last seven years with Battle of Hastings ($17.60). Ridden by Tyler Baze, Battle of Hastings closed from fifth in a field of seven to win the Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths over 7-5 favorite Flashmans Papers. Luckiest Man, an 11-1 outsider, finished third.

Battle of Hastings ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:11.86.

The Baldwin was his first start since a seventh-place finish in the Grade 3 Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park last fall, which came shortly after the gelding arrived from England.

"Last time out, it was his first race in this country and he was just lost," Baze said. "He didn't know what he was doing at all. I thought he'd run good today because in his last two works, it's like the lightbulb went on."

Owned by Michael House, Battle of Hastings has won 3 of 7 starts and $93,875.