01/22/2012 6:03PM

Santa Anita: Midnight Transfer closes from last to win San Pedro Stakes

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Benoit & Associates
Midnight Transfer closes to win the San Pedro Stakes by a head over Got Even.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Midnight Transfer weaved his way from last to first to win his stakes debut in Sunday’s $82,500 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Santa Anita.

Midnight Transfer ($6.40) was last on the rail on the turn and closed well late to win by a head over pacesetter Got Even. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Midnight Transfer ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.25.

The successful run on the turn and through the stretch was a relief to Rosario.

“At the three-eighths pole, I was worried and didn’t have anywhere to go,” he said. “He came home very good, like last time.”

Midnight Transfer’s win Sunday was his second consecutive victory. He won a six-furlong maiden race for 2-year-olds by 4 3/4 lengths on Dec. 26, opening day of the current meeting. Owned by Warren Williamson and trained by Carla Gaines, Midnight Transfer, a colt by Hard Spun, has won 2 of 5 starts and $96,050.

Got Even, winner of the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes for California-breds on Dec. 26, set a pace of 21.92 and 44 seconds in the San Pedro, leading by two lengths in the stretch. Got Even finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Let’s Get Crackin, the 30-1 outsider in the field of six.

The disappointment in the field was Drill, the 8-5 favorite. The winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity last September, Drill was third on the turn of the San Pedro, but faded in the final furlong. He has lost five races since the Del Mar Futurity.