Long Shot Better Bet wins Santa Anita feature

BY foxsports • February 21, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Better Bet, a long shot, led from the gate and barely held off a charge from Lucky Views to win the $58,000 Silver Lining Purse at Santa Anita on Friday.

Ridden by Edwin Maldonado and running for the first time on turf, the 13-1 Better Bet went straight to the front of the field of five 3-year-olds. Lucky Views gave chase in second throughout the mile.

Better Bet never yielded, winning by a nose in 1:35.27.

The winner paid $28.80, $8.20 and $6.40. Lucky Views paid $4.00 and $3.80. Awesome Return paid 3.60 to show.

The heavy favorite, Texas Ryano, was never a factor and finished fourth.

It was the third win in 13 career starts for Better Bet. He has earned $255,120 for trainer, owner and breeder Mike Harrington.

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