LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Cherubim beat Pay the Fine by a nose to win the $54,680 feature Friday at Los Alamitos in his first start in 7 1/2 months.
Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Cherubim ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.84 and paid $9.20, $4.80 and $2.80.
Pay the Fine returned $5.60 and $3, while 13-10 favorite Desert Dynamo was another nose back in third and paid $2.20.
Cherubim increased his career earnings to $203,020, with three wins in 13 starts. It was the 5-year-old gelding's second win after a long layoff. The Kentucky-bred won after more than six months on the sidelines last May 9.