Mrazek wins Graduation Stakes at Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Mrazek won the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds Wednesday at Del Mar, beating uncoupled stablemate Ralis by 3 1/4 lengths.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O'Neill, Mrazek ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.77 and paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10 for his second victory in four starts. The Reddam Racing-owned winner earned $57,000 to push his total to $135,810.

''He's fast, really fast,'' Gutierrez said. ''And he didn't get that much pressure today. He was fine with it. The track has tightened up some, too. Not super tight, but tight enough to where you can use your speed if you've got it. He's a nice colt and I think he'll run a little farther.''

Ralis returned $6 and $4.40, and Swiss Minister paid $4.40 to show.