Greinton caught 157-to-1 shot Herat in the deep stretch today to win the $1,139,500 Santa Anita Handicap by three-quarters of a length. Heavily favored Precisionist finished sixth.
Herat had taken the lead at the start of the richest race in Santa Anita history and opened a three-length advantage entering the stretch before the late charge of Greinton, who was racing for the first time in four months.
Greinton, ridden by Laffit Pincay and trained by Charlie Whittingham, covered 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes flat. The victory was the seventh for Whittingham in the "Big 'Cap" for 4-year-olds and up.
Greinton, 5, coupled in the wagering with Dahar, paid $8. The English-bred victor carried 122 pounds. Herat, 112 and ridden by Rafael Meza, came in two lengths ahead of Hatim and returned $80 to place.
Precisionist, ridden by Chris McCarron and carrying high weight of 126, seemed in a perfect position, running second, until outrun in the stretch. Vanlandingham, winner of the Eclipse Award last year as outstanding handicap horse, contended but faded to eighth.
Greinton won $689,500, for career earnings of $1,900,230. Gate Dancer took $25,000 for fifth place in the field of 13 and leads all active thoroughbreds with $2,423,945.