Qiaona wins California Distaff at Santa Anita

The Associated Press

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Qiaona rallied from last with a half-mile remaining to win the $100,000 California Distaff Handicap by a half-length at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Qiaona ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:11.66 and paid $19.60, $6.60 and $4.

Ismene returned $4.40 and $3, while 4-5 favorite Bella Viaggia was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $2.10 to show.

The victory, worth $60,000, increased Qiaona's career earnings to $439,994, with four wins in 15 starts.

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