Updated on 09/17/2011 10:15AM

Century City wins Arcadia

Century City ($41.80) pulls an upset in the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita on Sunday.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Until Sunday, Century City had more disappointments than triumphs in six starts since arriving from Ireland last summer.

Those frustrations were largely forgotten after Century City pulled an upset in the $150,000 at Santa Anita.

Sent off at 19-1, Century City won his first major group or graded stakes since the Group 2 Goffs International Stakes at The Curragh last July, his final start in Ireland for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The Arcadia Handicap was Century City's first win since the Turf Paradise Breeders' Cup Handicap in February.

In the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap, Century City ($41.80) ran 1 1-8 miles on turf in 1:47.84. Ridden by Jose Valdivia, Jr., Century City was always close to Gondolieri, the eventual runner-up who set a slow pace of 24.97 and 49.75 seconds.

Century City was fourth on the final turn and in early stretch, rallying wide to find running room. He was one of four horses within a length in deep stretch and prevailed by a neck over Gondolieri, who finished a head in front of Sunday Break.

Passinetti finished fourth, a length behind Century City, and was followed by Night Life, Mananan McLir, Ballingarry (the 8-5 favorite), Delta Form, and Harrisand.

Night Life was unlucky. He was blocked in deep stretch along the rail and finished 1 3-4 lengths behind Century City.

The Arcadia Handicap was Century City's first start a ninth-place finish in the Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds on March 23, which was run over a surface Greely is convinced he did not handle.

"He was doing well going into his last race," Greely said. "He didn't like that turf course. He never looked like he ran. It was more of a workout."

Owned by Kitchwa Stable and Tom Nichols, the 4-year-old Century City has won 6 of 15 starts and $477,940.