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Dullahan Fires Pacific Classic Bullet

Blue Grass Stakes winner Dullahan put in a bullet workout Saturday morning at Churchill Downs and will be headed to Del Mar soon for final preparations for a start in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 26.

Under regular exercise rider Faustino Aguilar, Dullahan went five furlongs in 1:00.20, fastest of 20 workouts at the distance.

Contacted by e-mail, Jerry Crawford, head of the Donegal Racing partnership that owns Dullahan, said the Kentucky-bred son of Even the Score would head west “as soon as we can get a plane organized.”

Dullahan, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby but a disappointment as the 5-2 favorite in the Belmont Stakes, has earnings of more than $1.1 million from 11 career starts which have produced two wins, two seconds and three third-place finishes.

Both victories were achieved at Keeneland, over a Polytrack surface similar to Del Mar’s.

“He obviously likes the Polytrack, and this (Pacific Classic) was our best opportunity to get him back on it in a big race,” trainer Dale Romans said by telephone from Saratoga.

Crawford said that Joel Rosario, who won Del Mar jockey titles from 2009-2011 before relocating to New York this spring, would return to California to ride Dullahan.

Arrangements are being made for Dullahan to be stabled at Barn P with trainer Tom Proctor’s horses. Crawford said exercise rider/assistant trainer Tammy Fox, wife of the trainer, would accompany Dullahan on the trip as will a groom who is familiar with the horse.

 

What the Nation is saying about Dullahan Fires Pacific Classic Bullet...

Well, I remember his stretch run in the Bluegrass, when he ran down Hansen. Did look impressive on the polytrack. Has not shown that run of foot since, but, they WERE all on dirt. Maybe he's destined for the synthetic?
A work on dirt is somehow relfective of how this one will run on the most variable of all polytrck courses? What a stretch
workouts ONLY mean the horse is fit enough to go 5 furlongs WITHOUT competition. That is WORLD'S away from a field of others breathing down is nect, or in his case, languishing far behind and being a passive observer of the pace. These types rarely win on their own and it takes a pace meltdown UP IN FRONT of them where the real running occurs, before they can swing around, usually amidst a lot of slowing down, in the way obstacles, to luckily get up....Bad bets all the time unless your name in Zenyatta
He always runs bullet workouts. Now he has to transfer that to the track.

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