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Neveradoubt rallies to win $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, California — Long-shot Neveradoubt rallied to win the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita as part of the Golden State Series, five stakes races restricted to horses bred or sired in California.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Neveradoubt ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:51.26 and paid $85.40, $30.60 and $13.40 at 41-1 odds.

Temple Keys returned $22.20 and $11.20 at 29-1 odds, while Grazen Sky was another half-length back in third and paid $3.60 to show.

Neveradoubt lagged early and angled five-wide turning for home in just his fourth career start. The victory, worth $110,000, increased Neveradoubt's career earnings to $151,350, with two wins.

"The pace was pretty fast so that's good when you're behind," Prat said. "He doesn't look like he's got a turn of foot, but he's got one pace. I didn't think I would win, but I thought we would be close."

In the $200,000 Melair Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, 4-5 favorite Sheer Pleasure romped to a 7 1/4-length victory under Tyler Baze. The winner ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.78 and paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40.

Thermodynamics returned $4.20 and $2.80, while Barbara Beatrice was another 7 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $5.20 to show.

The victory, worth $110,000, increased Sheer Pleasure's career earnings to $257,450, with three wins in five starts.

PHOTO: In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Go West Marie, with Gary Stevens aboard, wins the Fran's Valentine Stakes horse race Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)
In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Go West Marie, with Gary Stevens aboard, wins the Fran's Valentine Stakes horse race Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

In the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes for older horses, 4-5 favorite Motown Men won by three-quarters of a length under Baze, who won three stakes Saturday. The gelding ran one mile in 1:35.77 and paid $3.80, $3 and $2.60 in earning his first stakes victory.

Spirit Rules returned $10.80 and $8.80, while Solid Wager was another two lengths back in third and returned $6 to show.

The victory, worth $90,000, increased Motown Men's career earnings to $384,459, with six wins in 29 starts.

In the $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older fillies and mares, Sunday Rules led all the way to win by three lengths under Baze, keeping her undefeated at 5-0. She ran six furlongs in 1:08.93 and paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 at 1-5 odds.

Sidepocket Run returned $13.60 and $4.40 at 35-1 odds, giving trainer Phil D'Amato a 1-2 finish. Tribal Gal paid $3.40 to show.

The victory, worth $90,000, increased Sunday Rules' career earnings to $314,880.

In the $125,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes for older fillies and mares, 3-5 favorite Go West Marie won by 1 1/4 lengths while running a mile on turf in 1:38.81 under Hall of Famer Gary Stevens.

Go West Marie returned $3.40, $2.60 and $2.40. The victory, worth $75,000, increased her career earnings to $557,520, with seven wins in 20 starts.

Chati's On Top returned $5.20 and $3.40, while My Monet was another length back in third and paid $6.60 to show.

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PHOTO: In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Neveradoubt and jockey Flavien Prat, second from left, outleg Temple Keys, left, with Drayden Van Dyke, to win the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes horse race, Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)
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