INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Black Astor switched from being a lure to a fighter in Sunday's $142,000 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park.\nAfter leading by as many as 10 lengths after the first half-mile, and appearing to be a little more than a pacesetter for the trailing horses, Black Astor fought off the challenges of two rivals to win the Grade 2 race at 1 1/2 miles on turf, posting an upset in a small field.\nBlack Astor ($14.40) was the second-longest shot in the field and won by two lengths over 1-2 favorite Spring House, who was trying to win his third stakes of 2009.\nThe Sunset Handicap was Black Astor's first stakes win. Trained by Lisa Lewis, Black Astor was timed in 2:27.10. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Black Astor set early fractions of 25.25 and 49.84 seconds.\nSpring House, third for the first mile, was within a length of Black Astor after a mile but could not catch the winner. Porfido finished third, 3 1/4 lengths in front of Obrigado in the four-horse field.\nBlack Astor made his second start of 2009 in the Sunset Handicap, having finished fifth in the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita in January. Lewis said her biggest concern was whether Black Astor could handle the longest race of his career. \n"It was just a matter of whether he could get the distance," she said. "He just needed freshening. I told the owners I wanted to give him some time."\nBlack Astor, a 5-year-old gelding by Black Minnaloushe, has won 4 of 16 starts and $229,624. Lewis said Black Astor will be pointed for the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on turf on Aug. 30.