Deftly handled by Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux, Bench Light
flashed to the lead in the upper stretch and drew off impressively to
win Del Mar’s feature race Thursday, a mile and three-eighths test of
stamina over the infield Jimmy Durante grass course.
Bench Light, trained by Mike Pender, scored by 6 ¼ lengths for his
seventh triumph in 23 career outings. Money Clip rallied to be second, a
head in front of Christopher Street, with Street Maven fourth in the
field of ten older horses.
Bench Light, a five-year-old son of Benchmark, accomplished the
distance in 2:11.34 and returned $18, $7.60 and $5.60 while earning
$60,060 from the purse of $94,882. Money Clip paid $10.60 and $5.60,
while Christopher Street returned $4.60 to show.
There was a single winning ticket in the Pick Six Thursday and it was
worth $349,288.60. With a carryover of $67,343 from Wednesday and
$395,807 bet Thursday, the Pick Six pool totaled $463,150.
Thursday’s attendance was 9,841.