Aberuschka, ridden by Chris McCarron, narrowly prevailed in a four-horse driving finish Friday to win the $42,000 feature race at Santa Anita.
Aberuschka finished a head in front of Regal Ties, who was another head in front of Loucoum. The favorite, Till You, was a nose farther back in the field of 11 older fillies and mares.
The winner was timed in 1:14 4/5 for about 6 1/2 furlongs down the Hillside turf course and paid $6.60, $4.20 and $3.20. Regal Ties, ridden by Carlos Marquez, returned $4.20 and $3.20, and Loucoum, ridden by Eric St. Martin, paid $4 to show.