11/30/2008 12:00AM

California Flag goes all the way


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - California Flag avenged a 10th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Oct. 25 with a front-running win in Saturday's $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express.

The Grade 3 Turf Express was California Flag's second stakes win of the fall. He won the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap on the Santa Anita hillside turf course on Sept. 24.

The Turf Express was a relatively easy win for California Flag, who was ridden by Joe Talamo. California Flag took the lead shortly after the start, set fractions of 23.84 and 45.83 seconds, and pulled away to win by 4 1/2 lengths over Racketeer. Delta Storm finished third in the field of seven.

Sent off favored, California Flag ($5.40) ran six furlongs on turf in 1:08.81.

Owned by Keith Card's Hi Card Ranch and trained by Brian Koriner, California Flag has won 5 of 13 starts and $283,216.