DEL MAR — Gary Stevens steered Auspiciante into an opening on the backstretch and rode the 12-1 long shot to an upset victory in Sunday's $125,000 added Ramona handicap.
Auspiciante's victory gave owner Jack Kent Cooke a double victory, his Washington Redskins having defeated the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the day.
"I'd never ridden her before but I got the feeling on the first turn she had a lot of quick acceleration," Stevens said. 'She's like a car. Hit the accelerator and she goes."
For Stevens, the leading jockey this year at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park, it was his first stakes win at Del Mar this season.