Updated on 09/17/2011 10:51AM

Century City scores first U.S. win

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Kevin Coady
Century City ($7.40) blasts by Irish Warrior to win by a neck in the $150,000 Turf Paradise Breeders' Cup Handicap on Saturday.

PHOENIX - Century City, who about a year ago was rubbing elbows with the likes of Rock of Gibraltar, but who had been a bit disappointing in three U.S. starts for new trainer Beau Greely, found a hole in midstretch and blasted through to win Saturday's $150,000 . Ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., Century City's late surge outdid potential upsetter Irish Warrior by a neck.

Century City, the 5-2 second choice, bided his time behind pacesetters Free Corona and Night Patrol, and for a while turning for home it looked as though he wouldn't find room. Once he did, he muscled through for the score, traveling the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:42.54. The winner's check of $90,000 takes his career earnings to over $363,000 with five wins in 12 starts. He paid $7.40 to win.

Century City was second in the Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas last year to Rock of Gibraltar and obviously enjoyed moving back to turf after a dull dirt debut in the Grade 2 San Fernando on Jan. 11.

Irish Warrior, at 12-1, closed strong under Goncalino Almeida to get the place for trainer Wally Dollase, while another Southern Californian, Neil Drysdale trainee Hataab, made it a clean sweep for that region by rallying furiously to get third, another neck back. Two other Southern California invaders, Thady Quill and Duke of Green ran, well to finish fourth and fifth, respectively, while Night Patrol faltered in the stretch to finish last after setting the early pace.

Harbor Blues romps in Oaks

There was never a moment of worry for Southern California shipper Harbor Blues, who went to the front early and then widened her lead, eventually romping over her foes in the $75,000 by more than 11 lengths.

Ridden by Iggy Puglisi for Nick Canani, Harbor Blues paid $3.60 as part of a heavily favored entry along with first-time starter Island Fashion, who ended up fourth.

Harbor Blues went into the race a maiden, but had shown her quality last time out by finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita.

She set faster splits than the boys did in the Turf Paradise Derby an hour earlier (23.46 and 47.20), and while her time was considerably slower than the Derby (1:43.44), she came home under a hand ride the easiest of winners. The $45,000 winner's check pushes her earnings to over $61,000.

Myofficewife, another Southern California shipper for trainer Eric Kruljac, kept to her task to finish second, ahead of local filly Arch Lady.