11/03/2012 1:35PM

Santa Anita: Politicallycorrect closes to win Damascus Stakes

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Politicallycorrect closed from off the pace to win his second consecutive stakes in Saturday’s $100,000 Damascus Stakes at Santa Anita.

The winner of the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby over 1 1/8 miles at Remington Park on Sept. 29, Politicallycorrect reverted to a sprint Saturday and won the seven-furlong Damascus Stakes in his first start in California.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Politicallycorrect ($8.80) was timed in 1:20.86, finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front of Private Zone, who was part of the pace. Brother Francis finished third in the field of six 3-year-olds.

Private Zone and Mile High Magic dueled through fractions of 22.16 and 43.88 seconds through the first half-mile. Mile High Magic faded from contention in the final furlong. Politicallycorrect was fourth early and closed with a wide run to reach the front in the final sixteenth.

Politicallycorrect is owned by breeders Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey. A gelding by Kitten’s Joy, Politicallycorect has won 4 of 13 starts and $411,375. Earlier this year, he was second in the Ohio Derby at Thistledown.