04/16/2011 4:05PM

Santa Anita: Regally Ready holds off Camp Victory by nose in San Simeon

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Regally Ready holds on to win the San Simeon.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Regally Ready held off a late rally from Camp Victory to win Saturday’s $100,000 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita by a nose, but jockey Mike Smith took no chances aboard the winner in the final strides.

“I rode past the wire,” Smith said. “Past the wire, [Camp Victory] got me. But at the wire, I wasn’t sure.”

Regally Ready ($3.80) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.33, winning his third consecutive turf sprint and confirming his status as the division leader of the winter-spring meeting.

Trained by Steve Asmussen for Vinery Stables, Regally Read won an allowance race and the Joe Hernandez Stakes over the course earlier this year.

In the Grade 3 San Simeon, Regally Read set quick fractions of 21.62 and 42.98 seconds while dueling with 42-1 Victory Pete. When the field reached the oval section of the turf course, Regally Ready led by more than two lengths. The advantage diminished in the final furlong and especially in the last 100 yards.

A 4-year-old gelding by More Than Ready, Regally read has won 6 of 12 starts and $297,978. He has won 4 of 5 starts on turf since being switched to the surface last fall.