02/19/2011 9:13PM

Track record set at Santa Anita


ARCADIA, Calif. - The maiden claimer Klassy Saint set a five-furlong track record of 56.73 seconds in Saturday's ninth race at Santa Anita, lowering the mark by more than a second.

On a day when the main track produced quick times under wet-fast conditions, Klassy Saint ($3.80) stalked pacesetter Cabo San Lucas, took the lead in the final furlong and pulled away to win by 4 1/4 lengths. Cabo San Lucas set fractions of 21.34 and 44.45 seconds, and held second in the field of seven.

Klassy Saint was ridden by Patrick Valenzuela for a partnership and trainer Robert Troeger. A 3-year-old gelding by Fullbridled, Klassy Saint made his second start Saturday, racing in a field of maidens entered for a $30,000 claiming price. He was fourth in his debut in a six-furlong maiden race for $40,000 claimers on Jan. 7.

Klassy Saint's time broke the mark of 57.78 seconds held by Zero Henry, who won a $32,000 claiming races for maidens in October 1996.

Saturday's card was run during intermittent rain. The main track was sealed in the moments before the ninth race. More than an inch of rain fell on Friday and into early Saturday, but the track was opened under partly cloudy conditions in the morning. Earlier in the day, sprint races produced quick times, including six furlongs in 1:08.25 by Mildly Offensive in a maiden special weight for 3-year-old fillies.

Rain began to fall again around 2:30 p.m. and continued occasionally for the next two hours. Track maintenance crews worked after the races to seal the track in advance of more rain expected on Saturday evening.