Even-money favorite Mayor Marv grabbed the lead right out of the gate and never gave it up in winning the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday in Phoenix.
Mayor Marv, trained by Bob Baffert, turned away a challenge by Hidden Bounty at the final turn and went on to win by 41/2 lengths. Mayor Marv finished the 11⁄16-mile race in 1:43:31.
Hidden Bounty stayed up for second place and 26-1 shot Just Jebicah finished third.
Mayor Marv raced five times without a win as a 2-year-old. He ran second three times and showed once, with two of his runner-up finishes coming against Kentucky Derby contenders The Pamplemousse and Papa Clem.
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He broke his maiden last time out on Jan. 19 at Santa Anita.
Georgie Boy rallies
Georgie Boy rallied to defeat Halo Najib by 2¾ lengths to win Saturday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Georgie Boy covered 7 furlongs in 1:21.85.
Past the Point was third.
Georgie Boy was coming off a 2½ -length victory in the Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 24 over the same track. He was sidelined for seven months last year because of a back injury.