12/29/2007 12:00AM

Dearest Trickski wires La Brea

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - Dearest Trickski, who was running in $10,000 claiming races in Texas as recently as April, won her stakes debut in Saturday's $250,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.

Despite her modest history, Dearest Trickski's victory in the Grade 1 La Brea was not necessarily an upset. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Dearest Trickski since she was claimed by owner Tom Mankiewicz and trainer John Sadler for $32,000 from trainer Cody Autrey's stable at Del Mar in August.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Dearest Trickski ($10.80) led throughout, running seven furlongs in 1:21.09. She finished 1 1/2 lengths in front of Unspoken Word. Glorified finished third in the field of 11 3-year-old fillies.

Dearest Trickski has won 8 of 12 starts and $280,500.

Dawn After Dawn, third in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in April, was scratched Saturday morning after "tying up," Sadler said. She will be pointed for the $150,000 El Encino Stakes on Jan. 13.

Logan: Yankee Bravo wins U.S. debut

Yankee Bravo unleashed a remarkable burst of speed in the final furlong to win his first stakes, and U.S. debut, in the $79,850 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-old males.

Stuck on the rail until the final turn, Yankee Bravo passed seven of his eight rivals in the final quarter-mile to win the one-mile turf race by a half-length over Sky Cape. Nistle's Crunch, who was last on the final turn, finished third.

A slight favorite, Yankee Bravo ($8.20) was timed in 1:37.64. Jockey Alex Solis guided Yankee Bravo off the rail and between horses in early stretch and got an immediate response when he asked the colt for a run. Yankee Bravo was fifth at the eighth pole and made up nearly four lengths in the final furlong.

"He showed a lot of class," said Solis, who had ridden him in workouts. "I've been waiting for him to run."

Solis was concerned about the slow pace of 24.49 seconds and 49.80 set by the longshot Manningtoharrison.

"When they go slow like that, you're at their mercy," he said. "I had to be patient and hope for something to open up."

Owned by a partnership, Yankee Bravo is trained by Paddy Gallagher. The Kentucky-bred colt made his career debut at Redcar, England, in September, winning a five-furlong maiden race by six lengths.

A winner of $52,049 from two starts, Yankee Bravo was bought privately after that race.

Breeders': 'Spring' pulls clear

Spring Awakening's campaign for the title of champion California-bred 2-year-old filly of 2007 is complete.

Saturday at Santa Anita, she won her second consecutive stakes in the $139,500 California Breeders' Champion Stakes for statebred 2-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Spring Awakening stalked pacesetter Lovehi to the eighth pole before pulling clear. She finished a length in front of Onebadkitty, who closed from fourth to finish second. Lovehi, a 51-1 shot who set early fractions of 23.28 seconds and 45.81, finished third in the field of nine.

Spring Awakening ($3) ran seven furlongs in 1:22.09. Gomez felt confident that Spring Awakening could win when he guided her alongside Lovehi in early stretch.

"I thought I had her in a decent spot," Gomez said. "When I turned for home, she did what she had to do. I had a little more than I thought I did. I hollered at her a little bit and when I did, she got to running. She's got tactical speed and puts you right into the race."

Owned by the partnership of breeder Jerry Frankel, Robert Strauss, and Michael Coit and trained by Mike Mitchell, Spring Awakening had won the Moccasin Stakes against open company at Hollywood Park in November.