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Solid Wager wins second straight Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar

Victor Espinoza, Kent Desormeaux

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 file photograph, jockey Victor Espinoza, right, on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah(4), looks back at jockey Kent Desormeaux on Keen Ice (6) after American Pharoah won the Haskell Invitational horse race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Keen Ice was second. Monmouth Park is preparing to open its gates May 2016, for a new season as New Jersey’s horse racing industry deals with sagging track attendance and betting numbers. Races can still draw large crowds, but usually only when they are considered a marquee event. Monmouth Park drew a record crowd when American Pharoah won the Haskell Invitational. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- Rallying from last place, defending champion Solid Wager forged ahead in the final strides to win the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes by a half-length Sunday at Del Mar.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager ran seven furlongs in 1:22.51 and paid $7.60, $4.20 and $3.20 as the 5-2 second choice.

Grazen Sky returned $6.40 and $4, while Acceptance was another half-length back in third and paid $5.20 to show.

Magic Mark, the 2-1 favorite, finished fifth in the field of eight.

The victory, worth $57,000, increased Solid Wager’s career earnings to $429,921, with seven wins in 30 starts. It was the 5-year-old gelding’s first victory since the Grant Stakes last fall.

Espinoza also won the sixth and seventh races. Peter Miller, who trains Solid Wager, also captured the fourth and fifth races.