04/19/2008 12:00AM

Foxysox holds on in Santa Barbara


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Close finishes are becoming commonplace in Foxysox's 2008 campaign. After finishing fourth by a neck in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap last month, she prevailed in a three-horse photo in Saturday's $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Foxysox ($11.40) took the lead in the final furlong and held off late rallies from Black Mamba and I Can See to win the Grade 2 Santa Barbara by a nose over Black Mamba. I Can See finished a nose behind Black Manba in the field of eight fillies and mares.

Immortelle, Lemonette, and Colina Verde were scratched.

Foxysox, 5, ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:00.45. She was third for much of the race, tracking pacesetter Forest Melody, who set a modest pace of 24.28 and 47.70 seconds. Espinoza brought Foxysox three wide on the turn to reach contention in the final furlong.

The Santa Barbara was the longest race in Foxysox's career, which includes six wins in 20 starts and earnings of $596,718. She is owned by Warren Williamson and trained by Carla Gaines. The Santa Barbara was her first win since the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Stoneside scores first U.S. stakes win

Stoneside, the beaten favorite in the Del Mar and Oak Tree derbies last year, won his first stakes in the United States in Saturday's $112,400 San Simeon Handicap.

Stoneside ($31.80) rallied on the rail through the stretch to win the Grade 3 San Simeon by 1 3/4 lengths over Night Chapter. Tenga Cat, who disputed a quick pace of 21.73 and 43.82 seconds, finished third in the field of 11.

Stoneside ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.54. He was fifth early and made progress through the final quarter-mile to take the lead in the final sixteenth.

A 4-year-old owned by Marsha Naify and trained by Julio Canani, Stoneside has won 5 of 18 starts and $353,886.

By Marchand de Sable, Stoneside was a stakes winner in France in 2006 and 2007. Imported to the United States last summer, his best finish in four starts in this country prior to the San Simeon was a third in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby.