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Monday, April 22
Ringaskiddy rallies to win San Juan Capsitrano




ARCADIA, Calif. -- Ringaskiddy rallied from last place to beat Staging Post by 3 1/2 lengths in Sunday's $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye and carrying 116 pounds, Ringaskiddy covered about 1 3/4 miles on turf in 2:44 2-5 and paid $22.40, $9.40 and $5.40.

"I just sat there today and it worked out perfectly," said Delahoussaye, who won the longest Grade 1 race in North America for the third time.

Ringaskiddy, the 6-year-old son of Slewvescent, became the first California-bred to win a San Juan Capistrano since Queen's Hustler in 1973. He earned $240,000 in winning for the sixth time in 45 starts and raised his career earnings to $592,471.

Ringaskiddy rallied from 18 lengths off the pace after one mile in the race for 4-year-olds and up.

Staging Post returned $6.80 and $4.60. Continental Red paid $3.40 to show.

Cagney, the favorite, was never a factor, finishing fourth in a field of eight.

In a companion feature, Malabar Gold beat Astonished by a head in the $138,125 San Simeon Handicap.

Ridden by Chris McCarron and carrying 117 pounds, Malabar Gold covered 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:11 3-5 and paid $9.20, $4.80 and $4.

The win was the sixth in 12 lifetime starts for Malabar Gold and was worth $82,825, raising the career earnings of the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Unbridled to $270,842.

Astonished returned $8.60 and $7.20. Nuclear Debate, third in the race for 4-year-olds and up, paid $5 to show.

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