ALBANY -- Mr Napper Tandy charged down the middle of the Lakeside Turf Course and got up in the final jump to nail pacesetter Yacht Spotter on the wire and win the $300,000 San Francisco Mile Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Ridden by Julio Garcia, Mr Napper Tandy defeated Yacht Spotter and jockey Alex Bisono by a nose in the Grade 2 SF Mile, Northern California's richest and highest-rated race. Bold Chieftain finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Yacht Spotter.

British-bred Mr Napper Tandy raced in last for the majority of the SF Mile before unleashing a powerful stretch kick that earned the 5-year-old horse his first stakes victory and just his fourth win in 23 career starts. Mr Napper Tandy, who has 11 seconds, was timed in 1:36.07 and paid $15.20 to win.

Mr Napper Tandy is based at Santa Anita and trained by Jack Carava, who thought his horse might like the lush Golden Gate Fields turf.

"I really wanted to try him on that turf course because of his come-from-behind style," said Carava via cell phone from Hollywood Park, where he had several horses running Saturday. "The turf course there isn't as hard as the ones here (in Southern California) and I thought that might help him.

"I've always liked this horse even though he's a frustrating horse because of all the seconds," continued Carava. "Julio rode him well. He's a tough horse to ride."

Garcia, a 46-year-old journeyman jockey, said he simply followed instructions en route to earning his second victory in the SF Mile.

"They said don't hurry the horse in the beginning and wait, wait, wait before letting him run," said Garcia "My horse really responded. Past the wire I asked Alex (Bisono on Yacht Spotter) if I had won and he said, 'yeah, you got me.'"

Garcia won his first SF Mile in 1985 aboard Truce Maker.

Bisono and a very game Yacht Spotter came up just inches short of earning a victory in the SF Mile.

"He's all heart," said Bisono of Yacht Spotter. "He ran so hard it's a shame he got beat. He may not have the class of some horses but he tries harder than the rest of them."

Ferneley, the 6-to-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, never threatened and finished a disappointing sixth. Ferneley had scored an impressive victory on the Golden Gate Fields turf on April 3 but couldn't duplicate that effort Saturday.

"They pushed him down inside going into the first turn," said Baze. "I was never able to get him out but I don't know if it would have made any difference because he didn't really respond when I asked him. He didn't show the acceleration he had in his last race."

Mr Napper Tandy, owned by La Canada Stables, earned $180,000 for the SF Mile victory.

Twelve horses were entered in the SF Mile but the field was reduced to nine when Liberian Freighter, Storm Military and Silent Soul all scratched Saturday morning in order to run in stakes at Hollywood Park. Liberian Freighter won Saturday's Tiznow Stakes. Storm Military and Silent Soul will run Sunday in the Inglewood Handicap.