April 02, 2016

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Guns Loaded won the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths Saturday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Guns Loaded ran 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:13.30 and paid $5.40, $3.60 and $2.60 as the 8-5 favorite in a field of nine older horses.

Cape Wolfe returned $5 and $4, while No Silent was another half-length back in third and paid $4.20 to show in the Grade 3 race.

Trainer Doug O'Neill claimed Guns Loaded five starts ago for $32,000 on Dec. 6. The 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding won for the fourth time since the claim and third in a row.

"It was all Doug," said Mark Verge, part-owner and friend of O'Neill. "He's the one who made the claim. We had the horse before and Doug called and said we've got to claim the horse back, but I can't believe how well he's done. It never works out that way."

O'Neill was in Florida on Saturday to saddle 3-year-old Nyquist to victory in the Florida Derby.

The victory, worth $60,000, increased Guns Loaded's career earnings to $406,570, with eight wins in 26 starts. It was the gelding's first graded stakes victory.

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