Sport: Luck and Mrs. Mars

Bunched at the first turn, the field strung out in the back stretch with Special Agent in front at the half mile, Sangreal at the three-quarter. Sangreal was still ahead coming into the stretch when Jockey Peters, moving up on Goldeneye, made his bid. For a split second, it looked like a camera finish. Then Sangreal weakened and Goldeneye drew away—to a six-length lead at the wire, with Sangreal second, Ariel Cross third.

The race was the Christmas Stakes, feature of the first day of the winter meeting at Santa Anita Park, near Los...

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