Gervinho wins Zuma Beach at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Gervinho rallied to win the $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes by a half-length at Santa Anita on Monday after losing his footing momentarily approaching the quarter pole.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Gervinho ran one mile on the turf in 1:34.59 and paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.20 as the even-money favorite.
"I thought he was going to go down," Bejarano said. "He slipped and it threw me sideways, but he gave me a great kick through the stretch."
Gervinho was named for the soccer player on Arsenal, the favorite English Premier League team of owner Keith Brackpool, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board. Brackpool said he would consider running Gervinho in the Breeders' Cup Turf next month at Santa Anita.
"The win was extra special for me today as it is my father's 78th birthday," Brackpool said. "He got me interested in this sport and we have shared many great memories together. This just adds to the list of great memories. Horse racing does that."
Den's Legacy returned $3.40 and $3, while Dancin Upside Down was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $4.20 to show.
The victory, worth $60,000, increased Gervinho's career earnings to $102,000, with two wins in two starts.
Meanwhile, Flashy Ways won the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 2½ lengths.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Flashy Ways ran one mile on the turf in 1:34.45 and paid $16.40, $6.20 and $5.20.
Wishing Gate returned $4.20 and $2.80 as the 2-1 favorite, while Somethingabouther paid $4.80 to show.
Flashy Ways earned $60,000 for her second victory, increasing her winnings to $81,600.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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