Ambitious Brew wins Sensational Star Stakes on downhill course

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Brice Blanc rides Ambitious Brew to win the Sensational Star.
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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP)

Ambitious Brew upset 4-5 favorite Lakerville to win the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at Santa Anita by 1-1/2 lengths on Saturday.

Ridden by Brice Blanc, the 4-year-old gelding covered 6-1/2 furlongs down the hillside turf in 1:12 and paid $8.


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He was the 3-1 second choice in a field of six older horses bred in California and now has four wins and three seconds from seven starts.

Lakerville finished second, and Summer Hit was third.

Lakerville ran fifth down the hill, swung wide turning for home and appeared to have dead aim on the winner but was outrun through the drive.

''This race came up a little tougher than I thought it was, but he was still able to handle it,'' Ambitious Brew's trainer Marty Jones said. ''He was just having fun out there. Brice rode him perfect. He rode him with confidence.''

The win, worth $60,000, increased Ambitious Brew's earnings to $227,920.

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