04/10/2006 12:00AM

Turf Paradise: Captain Strider up to win


Captain Strider went into the $45,985 Arizona Stallion Stakes at Turf Paradise a maiden but came out of the 7 1/2-furlong turf event a stakes winner. Ridden by Vince Guerra for owner/trainer John Matthews, Captain Strider chased pacesetter Desert Glory, then moved through strongly between horses to get the victory by a length. Captain Strider ($23.60) ran the distance in 1:32.17.

Sir Chester finished well to get second. Even-money favorite Evanstan stalked the pace, made a threatening move into the lane, but couldn't sustain his run and ended up fourth.