DEL MAR, Calif. -- Owners Sid and Jenny Craig would hav preferred a trip to the winner's circle a week earlier, but the Chula Vista Handicap wasn't a bad consolation prize.
Exchange, a filly claimed by trainer Bill Spawr for $50,000 for the Craigs last year, provided some solace after Paseana's fifth-place effort in the Pacific Classic seven days earlier.
Rebounding after a third-place finish at 3-5 in the Bayakoa Handicap Aug. 21, the 4-year-old daughter of Explodent defeated favored Fowda by three-quarters of a length in 1 minute, 42 seconds for the 1 1/16 miles.
This was the ninth win in 15 starts for the 2-1 favorite and she may team up with Paseana to give the Craigs a powerful entry in the Breeders' Cup Distaff next month in Florida. While Exchange is eligible for the Breeders' Cup, Paseana would have to be supplemented at a cost of $120,000.
Never far off the pace set by Damewood and Brought To Mind, Exchange and jockey Laffit Pincay took the lead in the final furlong to win for the fifth time in eight starts on the dirt. She has won four of seven on turf.
Brought To Mind, a 10-1 shot, was third, a neck behind runner-up Fowda. Guiza, Sacramentada, Re Toss, defending champion Vieille Vigne and Damewood rounded out the field.