ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Texas Ryano unleashed a furious late kick to overhaul 1-2 favorite Quotient and win the $58,000 feature by three-quarters of a length at Santa Anita on Friday.
Ridden for the first time by Joe Talamo, Texas Ryano ran 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1:46.53 and paid $12.60, $3.80 and $3.
Quotient returned $2.20 and $2.10, while Life's Journey was another 3 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $5 to show.
Texas Ryano was making just his third career start. He was last in the field of six, eight lengths off the lead passing the half-mile pole, and split horses four-wide turning for home.
The victory, worth $34,800, increased Texas Ryano's career earnings to $71,880.