Ridden by leading rider Glenn Corbett for leading trainer Robertino Diodoro, Inside Straight ($11.00) ran in tandem with stablemate Way Striking for three-quarters of a mile before shaking loose and having enough left to hold off by a head the furious charge of High Security, in the field of ten colts and geldings.
Inside Straight covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:36.63 for owner Randy Howg. Inside Straight earned $44,175 for the win, which increased his earning to $797,064 from eight career wins from 23 outings.
The winner’s trophy was presented by Cotton’s widow, JoAnn Fitzsimmons, who was joined by former Phoenix Suns players and Suns personnel who were friends with her late husband.
$30,000 Glendale Handicap
In another too close to call finish, Comet Sixty Two nosed out Cleverly Beverly who was a neck in front of McKenzie Honey who finished third in the field of nine fillies and mares.
With Scott Stevens up for trainer Dan McFarlane, Comet Sixty Two ($10.60) covered the 1 1/16 miles over the turf in 1:44.37. Owned by Barro Racing, Comet Sixty Two earned $17,856 for the win, raising her bankroll to $238,806 from six career victories.