Heavily favored Laconda made a four-wide move on the far turn to contend for the lead, then pulled away in the stretch and beat Superbest by 4 1/2 lengths Friday in the $34,000 turf feature at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting.
Ridden by Russell Baze, Laconda ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 4/5 and paid $4.80, $4 and $3.40. The win, Laconda’s second straight since being switched to the turf, was worth $18,700 for the 3-year-old gelding trained by Gary Jones for Prestonwood Farm Inc.
Superbest, ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, returned $6.20 and $5.60. Explosive Dream, with Jerry Olguin up, paid $6 to show.