07/04/2003 12:00AM

Calder: Sea Pleasure bests elders


MIAMI - Sea Pleasure, the only 3-year-old in the field and the longest price on the board at 15-1, rallied from last to outfinish Stauh by three-quarters of a length to upset Friday's $100,000 Americana Handicap at Calder.

Sea Pleasure trailed his five older rivals during the opening half-mile of the 1 1/8-mile Americana, remained at the back of the pack until entering the stretch, split horses, and finished with a surge to run down Stauch in the final strides. Stauch moved clear in early stretch. He finished 1 3/4 lengths clear of Mr. Livingston, who ran third.

Love the Game, the 3-2 favorite, raced forwardly to the stretch but finished a tiring fourth. Pacesetters Simmer and Cellars Merlot rounded out the order of finish.

Dancing Guy, who won the Americana over the main track last year, was one of four horses scratched when the race remained on the grass.

Sea Pleasure, a son of Mecke, is owned by James Lewis Jr. and trained by Manny Tortora. He was ridden to victory by Jesus Castanon and paid $32.60. Final time was 1:51.28 over a good turf course.