04/07/2002 12:00AM

McCarron wins three grades stakes

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Chris McCarron on Saturday became the first jockey to win three graded stakes on the same day at Santa Anita.

Aside from Came Home's popular win in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, McCarron won two $150,000 races - the Grade 2 San Bernardino Handicap on Bosque Redondo and the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap aboard Sienne.

"It's something to be proud of," McCarron said.

The track mark for most stakes wins in a day is five, set by Laffit Pincay, Jr., on California Cup Day in 2000.

While Bosque Redondo and Came Home were favored, Seinne was a 12-1 outsider. Paco Gonzalez trains Bosque Redondo and Came Home. Ron McAnally trains Seinne. While Came Home is bound for the Kentucky Derby, Bosque Redondo's gritty victory earned him a place in California's major stakes for older horses later this year.

Leading throughout the 1 1-8 miles, Bosque Redondo ($4.40) scored by a head in 1:49.11. He never had a breather.

Bosque Redondo fought with Freedom Crest for the first quarter-mile even though McCarron's right boot came out of the stirrup leaving the gate. "I didn't fix it because I thought it would distract him," McCarron said. "I waited about a sixteenth of a mile."

Freedom Crest was head and head with Bosque Redondo until early stretch, but faded in the final furlong to finish third. Mysterious Cat, fifth early, rallied along the rail to pose a threat, but could not catch Bosque Redondo. "He's a real fighter," McCarron said of the winner. "He gives me a lot of confidence when I ride him."

Agol Lack finished fourth, followed by Last Parade and Hook Call. Freedom Crest and Last Parade carried 116 pounds, two more than Bosque Redondo.

A 5-year-old, Bosque Redondo has won 6 of 13 starts and $328,470. On March 9, he won his first stakes in the minor Tokyo City Handicap over a mile. "He runs extremely well on this track," McCarron said.

Bosque Redondo gave owners Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan and Gonzalez their fourth victories in the Grade 2 San Bernardino Handicap. They won the race from 1994-96 with Del Mar Dennis.

Seinne won his first stakes in the U.S. in the Arcadia. Seventh on the backstretch, Seinne ($27.60) circled the field on the second turn and caught Irish Prize, the 8-5 favoite and 122-pound highweight, in the final 50 yards. Seinne, who carried 115 pounds, finished 1 1-8 miles on turf in 1:47.16, winning by a half-length.

Irish Prize finished a length in front of 15-1 Kerrygold, who was followed by Night Patrol, Sumitas, Sumati, El Gran Papa, Sligo Bay, and Homeland. The Arcadia was Seinne's first start since a ninth-place finish in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2.

Owned by Nelson Bunker Hunt, Seinne has won 6 of 17 starts and $243,127. A group stakes winner in his native Chile in 2000 and 2001, Seinne scored his first win in the Arcadia since an allowance race on turf at Hollywood Park last December.

"I didn't know if he could handle Irish Prize or Sligo Bay, but when I won on him at Hollywood Park he won comfortably even though he pulled himself up on the lead," McCarron said. "What he showed me that day was about 75 percent effort.

"He feels better on turf than on dirt. The Santa Anita Handicap was a throwout."