10/07/2005 11:00PM

Singletary victorious in Oak Tree Mile


ARCADIA, Calif. - Scoring one of his stylish victories, Singletary rallied from last in the final quarter-mile to win Saturday's $249,000 at Santa Anita.

The win left trainer Don Chatlos "relieved" and ready to take on the world's top milers in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 29, a race that Singletary won at Lone Star Park in 2004.

Ridden by David Flores, Singletary ($6.60) finished a mile on turf in 1:34.54. For the first half-mile, he was four lengths behind Wild Buddy, who led a compact field through fractions of 23.94 and 47.96 seconds.

Wild Buddy lost the lead to Designed for Luck at the eighth pole. Singletary, rallying wide on the final turn, began passing horses in early stretch, trailed Designed for Luck by a length with a furlong remaining and was hand-ridden to the wire by Flores.

"He has a great turn of foot," Flores said. "I just had to get him to relax. He just flowed the last quarter of a mile. He ran great."

Singletary finished 1 1-2 lengths in front of Designed for Luck, who was a head in front of Buckland Manor in the field of six.

Singletary, 5, has won 8 of 21 starts and $1,754,312 for the Little Red Feather partnership and Chatlos.