Sweet Marini wins at Los Alamitos in record time
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Sweet Marini won the $55,056 feature by 3 1/2 lengths in track-record time Thursday for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Sweet Marini ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.95, bettering the old mark of 1:02.51 set by Senator Bob on July 10. She paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.40 as the 9-10 favorite.
Unforgettable U returned $3.20 and $3.20, while 39-1 shot Big Break was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $6 to show.
The victory, worth $35,880, increased Sweet Marini's career earnings to $332,418, with four wins in 11 starts.
Baffert, Garcia and owner Kaleem Shah teamed to win another race, with Bernster setting a track record, too.
He ran six furlongs in 1:08.18, bettering the old mark of 1:08.40 set by Seeking the Sherif in the Katella Stakes on Sept. 20. Bernster won by 1 1/4 lengths for the first time in his career as the 2-1 favorite in his first race after being off for nearly 36 months.
Garcia was one of three riders to win two races, along with Rafael Bejarano and Tyler Baze.