DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) – Racing Aptitude led all the way to win the $78,000 feature by a half-length at Del Mar on Thursday, giving jockey Martin Garcia his third win on the card.
Garcia won the second race aboard Bubba Fizz for his 1,000th career victory and won the seventh race aboard Royal Encounter.
Racing Aptitude ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:40.18 and paid $17, $9 and $6.40 for trainer Bob Baffert.
Red Sun returned $7 and $4.60, while Thirtyfirststreet was another half-length back in third and paid $6.80 to show. Lucky Primo, the 8-5 favorite, was fourth.
Garcia, a 27-year-old from Mexico, won his first race on Aug. 17, 2005, at Bay Meadows in Northern California. In 2006, he finished second in the jockeys’ standings at Del Mar.