Viva Carina wins Santa Anita feature

Updated: February 15, 2013, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Viva Carina led all the way to win the $58,000 Rio Grande Purse by a half-length at Santa Anita on Friday.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Viva Carina ran 1 1/4 miles on the turf in 2:00.11 and paid $12.80, $7.80 and $3.60.

The Only Key returned $21.20 and $9.20, while Warren's Got Game was another head back in third and paid $3 to show.

"It wasn't easy because you have to really ride this horse to keep her going," Espinoza said. "I started riding her as we came to the half-mile pole and I rode her all the way to the finish. She'll run all day, but you have to stay after her."

The victory, worth $34,800, increased Viva Carina's career earnings to $108,220, with two wins in seven starts.


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