ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Amaranth led all the way to win the $75,000 Desert Stormer Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths in a huge upset Sunday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by William Antongeorgi, 43-1 shot Amaranth ran six furlongs in 1:09.42 and paid $89.40, $29.40 and $12.60.
Wasted At Midnight returned $9.40 and $4, while Sam's Sister was another neck back in third and paid $2.40 to show.
Amaranth had been idle since running a distant last behind Sam's Sister in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26. She shipped in from Golden Gate Fields in Northern California.
"She ran horrible in the La Brea and I thought she could run a much better race," trainer O.J. Jauregui said. "That race affected her a lot mentally so I wanted to give her some time."
Antongeorgi, also based at Golden Gate, got some tips on the filly from former regular rider Dennis Carr, who is sidelined because of serious injury.
"He told me she's a quirky filly, nervous and a speedball, so you to try and get along with them," he said. "She bounced out of there, she got the lead and she's super tough when she has the lead, she's proven that before."
The victory, worth $48,300, increased Amaranth's career earnings to $227,370, with five wins in 11 starts.