ARCADIA, Calif. (March 11, 2010) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and 25-year-old jockey Martin Garcia combined for their 16th victory on the 50th day of Santa Anita’s winter/spring meet Thursday when 5-1 shot Quiet Invader held off a fast-closing Lions Story by a nose in the $47,600 allowance feature for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs.

The Maryland-bred son of Songandaprayer, after fading to fifth behind sizzling Sidney’s Candy as the second choice in last month’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs, covered Thursday’s slightly shorter distance in a swift 1:15.09 as the fourth choice in a field of nine.

After pressing the rapid early pace set by longshot Daylight Storm, Quiet Invader seized control in the stretch and was under vigorous handling to just stave off the late bid on the extreme outside by Lions Story with Joel Rosario aboard. Hurricane Ike, ridden by Joe Talamo, finished third, 1 ½ lengths further back.

Quiet Invader paid $12, $6.20 and $3.60. The mutuels on 9-2 third-choice Lions Story were $5.20 and $4.40. Hurricane Ike, second choice in the race, paid $3.40 to show. Domonation, the 2-1 favorite, checked in fourth.

“In his last race (the San Vicente), he broke slow,” Garcia said following Thursday’s feature. “This time he broke sharp, and I just went with him. We went pretty fast fractions, but he finished good.”

“Last time, we had two horses in the race, and this horse had the one hole and the speed came back to him,” said Baffert. “He got lost in the shuffle. He’s a free running horse, and we need to let him roll. I’ll run him back in a stake next time, but it’ll probably be a one-turn race.”

Just this past Saturday, Garcia registered the biggest win of his career when riding Misremembered to victory in the 73rd running of the Santa Anita Handicap for Baffert. The following day, the pair came back to score with Sangaree in the featured Joe Hernandez Stakes. Thursday’s win was the 29th at the meet for Garcia with more than half achieved atop horses trained by Baffert.

Quiet Invader, purchased for $370,000 last year by the partnership of the Lanni Family Trust and Bernard C. Schiappa, earned $27,600 in Thursday’s feature to lift the colt’s total to $64,280 from a 2-1-0 record in five races.

Santa Anita offers another one of its popular “Free Fridays” programs on Friday when admission is free as are box seats on a first come, first served basis. Bargain concessions are available at $1 each including hot dogs, sodas, beer, popcorn and coffee. First post for the program of eight races is at 1 p.m.