In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Hard Aces and jockey Santiago Gonzalez win the Grade III, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap horse race Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)
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July 24, 2016

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Patriots Rule rallied to beat Ambitious Brew by a half-length Sunday in the $150,000 California Dreamin' Stakes at Del Mar.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Patriots Rule went from last to first en route to his sixth victory in 21 starts. The 5-year-old ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in 1:41.78. He paid $35.80, $12.40 and $6.60, and earned $85,500 to push his total to $421,730.

Patriots Rule was making his first start in almost a year for owner Charles Garvey and trainer Robertino Diodoro,

Ambitious Brew returned $6.60 and $4.60 in the race for California-bred horses. Boozer paid $4 to show.

Hard Aces won the Grade 3 $100,000 Cougar II Handicap, beating Quick Casablanca by a half-length to end a nine-race losing streak that dated to the 2015 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez for trainer John Sadler, the 6-year-old Hard Aces ran 1 1/2 miles on the dirt in 2:30.55 and paid $2.80 and $2.10. He has seven victories in 33 starts with earnings of $999,645.

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