Tom’s Tribute and Goldencents, winners of the $250,000 Grade II
events leading up to the Pacific Classic on Sunday, showed no ill
effects of the effort and are headed to Breeders’ Cup assignments.
Tom’s Tribute put a lock on “Grass Horse of the Meeting” honors with a
Del Mar Mile victory to go with an earlier one in the Grade I mile and
one-eighth Eddie Read Stakes.
“You do the best you can and hope for the best,” trainer Jim Cassidy
said. “I couldn’t be happier. The whole thing is fantastic, We’ll see
what happens at the Breeders’ Cup.”
Obviously, the two-time defending Mile champion, had his chances
compromised by a slow start and finished fourth beaten 2 ¼ lengths as
the 2-5 favorite. But the Phil D’Amato trainee came out of the race fine
and will be trained up to a Breeders’ Cup Mile assignment for the
third year in a row. D’Amato trained Big John B to win Saturday’s Del
Mar Handicap, a “Win And You’re In” qualifier for the $3 million
Breeders’ Cup Turf.
In winning Sunday’s Pat O’Brien Stakes, Doug O’Neill-trained
Goldencents earned an expenses-paid entry to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt
Mile, the event he won last year.
“Came out of it super,” O’Neill said.
Trainer Bob Baffert reported that Fed Biz (2nd, Mile) and Game On Dude (4th, Classic) were also fine and will be pointed for yet-to-be determined races.
“Dude’s still mad,” Baffert said. “He ran a huge race, but it turned out to be a wasted effort. That’s horse racing.
BIG DAY FOR HOLLENDORFER, SMITH IMPACTS RACES
Jerry Hollendorfer opened up a four-win lead over Peter Miller in the
trainer standings with three wins on Sunday and Mike Smith’s four-win
day moved him within two of leader Rafael Bejarano (26-24) in the jockey
With seven racing days remaining, Hollendorfer, who has long
dominated racing in Northern California, is clearly the one to beat in
search of his first outright training title on the Southern California
circuit. Smith, with his victory aboard Shared Belief, shouldn’t be
topped in the win percentage (he’s at 26) and money earnings (nearly
$2.5 million) categories. And, given his recent hot hand, he can’t be
counted out for total wins despite riding considerably fewer mounts than
leader Bejarano (26-147) or the riders with whom Smith is tied for
second, Kent Desormeaux (24/126) and Elvis Trujillo (24/156).
FAVORITE’S SCRATCH SETS UP REMATCH IN GENEROUS PORTION
With the scratch of 3-1 morning line favorite Desert Steel, as well
as 12-1 Do the Danse Wednesday morning, a rematch of My Fiona and Lost
Bus, the 1-2 finishers in the CTBA Stakes on July 18, looms likely in
the featured $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes for California bred
My Fiona, a daughter of Ghostzapper trained by Walther Solis, kept
favored Lost Bus at bay in the stretch for a neck victory in the CTBA.
The scratches reduce the field for the Generous Portion to eight.
WHAT’S IN A NAME -- The Generous Portion
Stakes is named for 1970 Del Mar Debutante winner Generous Portion who
was owned and bred by the Old English Rancho of Mr. and Mrs. E.B.
Johnston. Inaugurated in 1991, it has been run annually since 1996.
NINE ENTERED FOR DEBUTANTE
Nine 2-year-old fillies were entered Wednesday for Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante.
The field, from the rail out: Sevuire (Elvis Trujillo), Manahatta
(Rafael Bejarano), Starlet O’Hara (Martin Garcia), Dad’s Princess (Mike
Smith), Sunset Glow (Victor Espinoza), Her Emmynency (Joe Talamo),
Stealth Drone (Tyler Baze), Conquest Eclipse (Corey Nakatani) and Windy
Forecast (Kent Desormeaux).
Source: Del Mar