In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Monster Bea and jockey Gary Stevens win the Oceanside Stakes horse race Friday, July 15, 2016, opening day of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's summer season in Del Mar, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)
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July 15, 2016

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Hall of Famer rode long-shot Monster Bea to an upset victory Friday in the $117,970 Oceanside Stakes on the opening day of Del Mar's 77th summer season.

The crowd of 42,562 was the largest this year for racing in California.

Monster Bea beat favored Moonlight Drive by 2 1/4 lengths in the race for 3-year-olds, running a mile on the infield turf course in 1:35.930. The winner paid $27.20, $9.80 and $5.60.

The bay gelding was making his West Coast debut, having campaigned recently at Churchill Downs in Kentucky where he won an allowance race June 10 under Stevens.

Moonlight Drive returned $4.20 and $3.20, and Path of David paid $6.60 to show.

Santiago Gonzalez rode three winners - Accelerant in the first, My Samurai Warrior in the fourth, and Song for Jade in the sixth.

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