04/02/2007 12:00AM

Bay Meadows: Bonfante repeats


Bonfante ($5.60), coming off a five-month layoff, rallied in the lane as he repeated last year’s triumph in the $100,000 California Turf Sprint Championship at Bay Meadows.

Bonfante, who won last year’s edition off nearly an eight-month layoff, defeated longshot No Derby by a length, covering five furlong over the turf course in 57.30 seconds. Bonfante sat back early under jockey Russell Baze and then had to wait for room in the stretch.

Vaderator was clear early but gave way in the lane, finishing third.

The victory, worth $55,000, was Bonfante’s ninth in 22 starts and his first for trainer Ron McAnally.