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Pacific Classic Field Shaping Up

Another week of racing is in the books at Del Mar.  Two year old Executiveprivilege continues to impress, winning the G3 Sorrento last Wednesday over Speedinthruthecity for her third victory in as many starts.  She appeared to do it well within herself, and Baffert says she is pointed to the Debutante next. 

 

Dullahan, third place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, is now pointed to the Pacific Classic, joining what is shaping up to be a great field.  Dullahan is also nominated to the Travers, but his connections said Saturday he will be headed west as soon as possible.  With two grade 1 wins over polytrack, Del Mar's surface should be to his liking, but he faces a tough field that will likely include Game On Dude, Richard's Kid, Acclamation, and Suggestive Boy, among others. Chantal Sutherland, Del Mar poster girl and regular jockey of Game On Dude, may not be aboard for the Pac Classic, however, due to reciprocity agreements with the British Horseracing Authority.  She was given a 4-day suspension which will fall on Pacific Classic day for excessive use of the whip while riding in England Saturday. Sutherland's agent Tommy Ball is in the process of asking the BHA for the August 26 suspension to be deferred to a later date, but there is no word yet on whether she'll be able to ride.

 

 

On Sunday, the I'll Have Another connections scored with another promising 2 year old in He's Had Enough.  According to an O'Neill assistant, the colt was named after a Bob Baffert post-Preakness quote. When asked if Bodemeister would continue on to the Belmont, Baffert quipped "I've had enough!" And as they say, the rest is history.  He's Had Enough is a striking grey who seems like he will relish more distance.  Though it was just a maiden specialweight, it was his first start, and he exploded through the lane to win under a hold from Garrett Gomez.  Above are Reddam's I'll Have Another successors, He's Had Enough and Know More, horsing around when I paid them a visit in the O'Neill barn.


And finally, the "bite heard 'round the world" that everyone seems to be talking about- Woodman's Luck reaching over in an attempt to take a bite out of rival Romeo Royale near the finish of Saturday's 6th race.  I guess you could say the competition was fierce.

                                                                         (Benoit Photo)

 

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Meet Christina Moore 
 

I’m Christina Moore, and my passion for horses has been lifelong.  I caught the racing bug around age 8 and I haven't looked back.  I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Business, with dreams of a career in horse racing.  I have since followed that dream to the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program where I am currently a graduate student slated to finish my studies in May 2013.  

This summer I’m interning at Del Mar, and since I was not fortunate enough to grow up near any track-let alone a big one- I am loving being submersed in the California racing scene.  As far as my future, I love everything about horse racing, and I am especially interested in marketing, as well as safety and welfare of the athletes. I hope to both make the sport better and share my love of the sport with people everywhere, making it more than just an afterthought on the American sports landscape.  With this blog I hope to give you a little insight into what's going on at Del Mar this summer.  Enjoy!