Zabaleta outfinished Zany Tactics and 9-10 favorite Bedside Promise Wednesday to win the $78,975 Potrero Grande Handicap before a crowd of 19,369 at Santa Anita.
Zabaleta, ridden by Laffit Pincay and carrying 117 pounds, crossed the finish line a head in front of Zany Tactics and paid $8.40 and $4.40. Winning time for the 6 1/2-furlong race was 1:15.
The victory was the fourth in nine career starts for Zabaleta, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Shecky Greene. The win was worth $44,850, raising Zabaleta's career earnings to $263,850.
Zany Tactics, ridden by Jack Kaenel and carrying 120 pounds, was a head in front of Bedside Promise at the wire and returned $3.40.
Bolder Than Bold finished fourth and last in the race for 4-year-olds and up. Because there were only four entries, there was no show wagering. Amanotherbrother, Hilco Scamper and Rocky Marriage were scratched.
Zany Tactics led most of the way but never by much over Zabaleta or Bedside Promise. Zabaleta passed Zany Tactics in the final strides.