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Persuasive Paul wins opening day feature at Los Alamitos

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Persuasive Paul won the $21,380 feature by 2 1/2 lengths Thursday on opening day at Los Alamitos, ending a six-race skid.

Ridden by Austin Solis, son of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis, Persuasive Paul ran a mile in 1:36.53 and paid $13.20, $7 and $4.40.

Hawk’s Eyes returned $6.20 and $4.60 as the 9-2 third choice, while Dive Down was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $3.60 as the 4-1 second choice.

Persuasive Paul earned his 10th win in 37 career starts and increased his earnings to $291,667.

Carlos Dangerous, the 7-2 favorite, finished seventh in the nine-horse field.

Stewart Elliott rode three winners on the card.

Prize Exhibit wins $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied from fifth with three furlongs remaining and won the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:35.56 and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.

Ireland-bred Jeremy’s Legacy returned $9 and $4.60. The Mystic was another head back in third and paid $3.40 to show as the 3-1 second choice.

The Grade 3 victory, worth $60,000, increased Prize Exhibit’s career earnings to $637,045, with seven wins in 31 starts. She had been winless in 10 starts since capturing the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at the track a year ago.

“She can be tricky,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.”

Green Gratto by a head in Aqueduct’s Toboggan Stakes

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NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.

The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.

The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.

The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.

Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.

All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.