ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Cyclometer won the $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths after favorite Wild Dude was a late scratch at Santa Anita on Monday.
Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Cyclometer ran six furlongs in 1:09.02 and paid $4 to win. With the late scratch, the field was reduced to three horses so there was no place and show wagering.
Wine Police finished second, while Color of Courage was another 10 3/4 lengths back in third.
Wild Dude, a 3-5 favorite, was scratched with two minutes to post by the stewards on the recommendation of acting track veterinarian Dana Stead, who said the horse’s stride looked off in his left front foot.
“When that horse scratched, it turned into a match race between me and the one (Wine Police) so I just figured I would let him run the way he wanted,” Maldonado said.
The victory, worth $60,000, increased Cyclometer’s career earnings to $417,004, with six wins in 21 starts.
“He’s extremely sharp,” trainer, breeder and co-owner Bruce Headley said. “When Wine Police came at us again, it looked like he was playing possum, and here he comes again, so it made your heart beat a little harder.”
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