Big Kick wins San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Big Kick led all the way in winning the $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths Sunday on closing day of Santa Anita's first-ever spring meet.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Big Kick ran 1 3/4 miles on the turf in 2:46.78 and paid $11.60, $4.40 and $3.
Quick Casablanca returned $2.40 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite, while Starspangled Heat was another 9 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.40 to show.
Big Kick opened up a 10-length lead on the backstretch in his first stakes race.
The victory, worth $120,000, increased Big Kick's career earnings to $254,631, with five wins in 19 starts.
Joe Talamo won the jockeys' title with 43 victories over Tyler Baze, who had 31 wins. Talamo, a 24-year-old from Louisiana, had a leading nine stakes win during the 38-day meet.
Doug O'Neill won his fourth career Santa Anita trainers' title, edging Peter Miller 27 wins to 23.