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Déjà vu for Don Warren

It was déjà vu at Del Mar for trainer Don Warren this weekend.  For the second year in a row, Warren saddled Acclamation to victory in the grade I Eddie Read and Norvsky for the win in the California Dreamin’ Handicap.   

 

Odds-on favorite Acclamation (left) impressed Saturday against a short field of 4 rivals, leading from start to finish and doing so easily. Argentine-bred longshot Interaction made things a little interesting in mid-stretch, but was no match for the winnerIt was Acclamation’s seventh consecutive graded stakes victory and second Eddie Read in a row. Warren says he is pointing toward another repeat- this time in the Pacific Classic on the Polytrack on August 26but the Del Mar Handicap on turf remains an option. The Classic figures to be a rematch with Bob Baffert-trainee Game on Dude, and Baffert’s Richard’s Kid will also likely look to duplicate his 2009-2010 Pacific Classic victories. 

 

Sunday Norvsky completed Warren’s winning weekend by taking the California Dreamin’, getting up in the final strides to win by a half-length.  Norvsky had won only two of nine races in the year since his first California Dreamin’ victory, but he was on his game today to defeat Brushburn and Leaving New York in an exciting finish. 

 

Trainer Bob Baffert also had a good day, with 2010 Norfolk victor Jaycito returning to the winner’s circle in an allowance/optional claiming race, and 2012 Las Virgines winner Eden’s Moon (right) taking the grade II San Clemente in her first try on the grass.  This Wednesday Baffert will look to continue his winning ways as Midnight Interlude will make his first start after a nine month layoff in the Wickerr Stakes.    

 

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Older Comments about Déjà vu for Don Warren...

Welcome to the blogroll!! Del Mar has always been one of my favorites!!
Welcome to HRN & have a great time where the turf meets the surf. I'm interested in seeing Acclimation & Game on Dude square off in the Pacific Classic, especially if I'm Richard's Kid.
Very nice first blog, Ms. Moore, especially the rare photo of my favorite turf horse, Acclamation, standing still. Best of luck with your future career plans. I'm looking forward to your upcoming Del Mar reports.
Welcome to the team, Christina. Can't wait to hear more about what's going on down south
welcome to another RTIP star! My greatest summer (since the great 30th anniversary EW) was the one I spent as an intern at Del Mar! Can't wait to read more!
Welcome to the HRN Team. My nephew, Carson, is going into his last year at RTIP. Acclamation impressed me, even though it was a small field..

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