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Enterprising, I’ll Wrap It Up and Sammy Mandeville, the top three
finishers in Saturday’s $150,000 Grade II La Jolla Handicap, all came
out of the race in good shape.
Trainer Tom Proctor indicated after the event that Enterprisng would
be given much consideration for the $300,000 Grade II Del Mar Derby on
Sunday, August 31. That would put the son of Elusive Quality in position
to be the first to sweep Del Mar’s stakes series for three-year-olds –
the Oceanside, La Jolla and Del Mar Derby – since Blackdoun in 2004.
Doug O’Neill, who trains both I’ll Wrap It Up and Sammy Mandeville, said the colts were “fantastic” following the race.
“I have to talk to the horses’ owners, but I expect we’ll be going on
to the Del Mar Derby with both of them,” O’Neill said. “That was
freakishly impressive by (Enterprising) but I thought both of our horses
“Sammy Mandeville is a lightly raced horse who is just getting better
and better. I’ll Wrap It Up, with the addition of blinkers, made a huge