ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Masochistic won the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes for older horses by three-quarters of a length in his first start for trainer Ron Ellis on Saturday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Tyler Baze, Kona Gold ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.69 and paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.20 as the 4-5 favorite.
San Onofre returned $3.40 and $2.60, while Sahara Sky was another neck back in third and paid $2.20 to show in his first start since finishing sixth in the Triple Bend Stakes on Jan. 28.
Baze took over on Masochistic from regular rider Victor Espinoza, who was in Arkansas to ride American Pharoah to victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby.
The victory, worth $120,000, increased Masochistic's career earnings to $343,850, with five wins in seven starts.