Jimmy Creed on top for Mandella in Malibu
Report: USA, Wednesday
Santa Anita: Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) 7f, dirt, 3yo
RICHARD MANDELLA, back on the mark at last month's Breeders' Cup with Beholder, took out the Boxing Day feature with Jimmy Creed (Garrett Gomez) surged late to score by three-quarters of a length.
Richard Mandella: fifth Malibu winPICTURE: Getty Images
Sent off 8.5-1, the son of Distorted Humor was Mandella's fifth win in the Malibu, and it was achieved in an excellent time of 1m20.36s after a ground-saving trip stalking the leaders.
Odds-on favourite The Lumber Guy, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, was only seventh.
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Santa Anita: La Brea Stakes (Grade 1) 7f, dirt, 3yo fillies
Late-running sprinter Book Review (Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano), a 4.8-1 chance, sat off a vicious three-way pace battle before charging down the centre of the stretch to score by a neck from the game Reneesgotzip, with 2-5 favourite My Miss Aurelia only third.
The winner, a daughter of Giant's Causeway, was making her debut for Baffert after leaving Chad Brown.
>>There was a minute's silence at Santa Anita to remember Odd Couple actor and racehorse owner Jack Klugman, a renowned horseplayer who died on Monday aged 90.