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Downhill Diva, the longest shot in a field of fillies and mares at 8-1, drew off impressively in the stretch under regular rider Brice Blanc to win Thursday’s feature at Del Mar, the $70,000 American Technologies Purse.

Downhill Diva stalked the pace of Pure Class until the head of the stretch, took the lead entering the home lane, resisted the bids of even-money favored Awesomemundo and Toro Bonito and pulled away in the final furlong to win by 5 ¼ lengths.

Toro Bonito edged out her three-year-old stablemate from the Bob Baffert barn, Awesomemundo, by a half-length for second money, with Elvies Lane fourth in the field of six. Catchy Tune lost her chance when she stumbled badly at the break under Mike Smith.

Downhill Diva, owned by the partnership of Andrea Warner of Fast Lane Farms, Patricia Honore and James Morrow and trained by Patricia Harrington, sped the one-mile over Del Mar’s Polytrack surface in a fast 1:35.42, narrowly missing Albertus Maximus’ track record of 1:35.37 set in 2008.

The winner, a four-year-old daughter of Swiss Yodeler, was scoring her fifth triumph in 16 starts and first money of $54,600 increased the filly’s earnings to $193,422.

To her backers in the crowd of 10,212, she returned $19, $7.80 and $3.80. Toro Bonito paid $7.20 and $3, while Awesomemundo paid $2.40 to show.

Mike Mitchell moved to within two winners of tying Hall of Famer Ron McAnally as Del Mar’s all-time winningest trainer as he send out favored Lordgivemealift to take the fourth race Thursday. The tally is McAnally, 436; Mitchell, 434.



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