03/26/2005 12:00AM

High Standards takes San Pedro


ARCADIA, Calif. - High Standards ran his perfect record to 4-for-4 with a front-running victory in the $95,475 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on Saturday at Santa Anita.

High Standards ($6.40), the second choice in the field of six, sat just off the flank of early pacesetter Sea My Halo, took over midway on the final turn, and steadily widened his margin to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths over late-running Ransom Demanded. Talking to John was third, and was followed, in order, by Chandtrue, White Pine, and Sea My Halo.

With jockey Mike Smith aboard, High Standards covered 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast main track in 1:16.58.

Sea My Halo was favored at 2-1 off a runaway victory in his debut at Charles Town on March 6. He was purchased privately after that race by owner Paul Reddam, and turned over to trainer Doug O'Neill. But Sea My Halo began to tire after a half-mile in 44.84 seconds, then took a solid bump from Ransom Demanded at the top of the stretch.

The victory for High Standards was his second stakes win of the month; he captured the Baldwin Stakes at Santa Anita on March 5. High Standards, a 3-year-old gelding by High Brite out of the Torsion mare Tomato Paste, was bred and is owned by John Harris's Harris Farms, Inc.

"I bred the dam, the granddam, and I stand his sire," Harris said.

High Standards has raced in sprints thus far, but his trainer, Marty Jones, said he would consider stretching him out around two turns, perhaps in the 1 1/8-mile Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 24.

"Mentally, he acts like a route horse," Jones said. "When he gets to the front, he relaxes and throws his ears up.

"He's got a lot of heart, this little horse," Jones said. "He loves to compete."