05/08/2006 12:00AM

Turf Paradise: Muir Beach by a nose

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Muir Beach, 4-5 favorite, won the $40,000 Desert Sky Handicap at Turf Paradise by a nose.

Ridden by Steve Gomez for trainer Dan McFarlane, Muir Beach swung out for the stretch drive and just outnodded Shadowy Waters in the final jump. Muir Beach ($3.80) finished a mile on turf in 1:36.32.

Shadowy Waters was almost four clear of third-place Blazing Bartok, the early pacesetter.