Slim Pickins, scratched from Friday's $100,000 All American Stakes by trainer Keith Nations, won Saturday's $33,540 feature by a head at Golden Gate Fields.

Slim Pickins ($4), the even-money favorite, prevailed in a photo finish over Siberian Laughter. Ridden by Russell Baze, Slim Pickins won his second straight race on the turf course, running a mile in 1:37.92 and earning $18,000 for owner Ken Miles.

Nations felt Slim Pickins fit better in Saturday's race than the All American on the synthetic Tapeta surface.

Colleges

Led by Matt Russell's three goals and 11 saves from goalie Jon Sibley (Miramonte High-Orinda), the Cal men's water polo team put itself in the final of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament with a 12-9 win over No. 2-ranked UCLA (26-4) at the McDonald's Swim Stadium on the USC campus. The No. 4 Bears (17-7) will face No. 1 USC on Sunday.

  • No. 3 Stanford's fourth-period comeback against USC (26-0) fell short as the Cardinal (16-6) lost 11-10. Stanford scored five times and thrice got within a goal in the final period. Alex Bowen and BJ Churnside had four goals each for Stanford, and goalie Scott Platshon (Menlo School) had 11 saves. The Cardinal will play UCLA in the third-place game Sunday.


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  • The 64-team field for the NCAA women's volleyball tournament will be announced Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. Stanford has earned a berth as Pac-12 champion. Cal, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara are hopeful of at-large bids.

  • The Stanford wrestling team (4-3) beat South Dakota State 22-11 and lost to No. 7 Missouri 31-3 in Columbia, Mo. The Cardinal had just one win against the Tigers (4-0) as Kyle Meyer upset Kyle Bradley 3-2 at 157 pounds.

    Winter sports

    The San Francisco Bulls hosted Stockton on Saturday night at the Cow Palace. The Bulls are coming off a 5-1 rout of Ontario on Friday.

  • Monterey's Nick Cunningham finished 11th in a World Cup four-man bobsled event at Whistler, British Columbia.