Awesome Baby wins Santa Ynez at Santa Anita

The Associated Press
Awesome Baby wins Santa Ynez at Santa Anita
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In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Awesome Baby, with Mike Smith aboard, wins the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes horse race on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Awesome Baby led all the way in a half-length victory Saturday at Santa Anita in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Awesome Baby ran six furlongs in 1:16.62 and paid $12.60 and $4.40. There was no show wagering because of the four-horse field.

Taste Like Candy returned $2.80. Crushed Velvet, the 4-5 favorite, was third. Hall of Famer Bob Baffert trains both Awesome Baby and Crushed Velvet.

The victory, worth $120,000, increased Awesome Baby's career earnings to $170,250 with two wins in four starts.