The Deputy, an Irish-bred import making his first start on dirt, defeated High Yield by 1 length Sunday in the $107,300 Santa Catalina Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.
The Deputy covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43, finishing 5 lengths ahead of 1-2 favorite Captain Steve. The colt broke sharply to the lead and was joined on the outside by 3-1 choice High Yield. High Yield pulled nearly even at the eighth pole before The Deputy inched away to take the lead.
The Deputy carried 115 pounds and was ridden by Chris McCarron. He paid $11.80, 46.60 and $2.10.
High Yield, with Corey Nakatani aboard, paid $4.80 and $2.10. Captain Steve, handled by Jerry Bailey, paid $2.10 to show. Grey Memo, Hasty Kris and Woostershear completed the order of finish.
Captain Steve, who closed out last year with victories in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs by 5 lengths and the Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park by 5 lengths, was never a serious threat.
The Deputy also won his United States debut on Jan. 2 by taking the Hill Rise Handicap.
FORWARD GAL STAKES: Miss Inquisitive, a 91-1 shot, beat previously undefeated Swept Away by a neck in the $75,000 Grade III feature at Gulfstream Park.
Regally Appealing was third in a field of nine 3-year-old fillies going 7 furlongs.
Miss Inquisitive, ridden by Tommy Turner, was timed in 1:22 1/5 and returned $185.90, $32.80 and $7.80. Swept Away, 3-5, paid $2.80 and $2.20. Regally Appealing paid $3.20 to show.
JOCKEY'S BODY FOUND: A decomposing body found hanging from a tree at Hollywood Park was identified as a Los Angeles jockey who committed suicide, a coroner's investigator said.
John Suarez, 49, was found Thursday by track security guards, Los Angeles County coroner's investigator Dana Bee said Saturday.
Suarez, who was injured and lived at the track, had been dead about a month, Bee said.
Jockeys and trainers had been complaining for more than three weeks about a foul odor on the east side of the practice track, Bee said.
Family members said Suarez was depressed about a worker's compensation claim he had trouble collecting, Bee said.