Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
Dullahan went five furlongs at Churchill Downs in 59 seconds Sunday
morning, best of twelve workouts at the distance in preparation for his
title defense in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Sunday, August
Jerry Crawford, head of Donegal Racing ownership group, said that
Dullahan, a 4-year-old son of Even the Score, would have one more work
next Sunday at Churchill Downs and then ship to Del Mar on Tuesday,
August 20, or Wednesday, August 21.
Dullahan, ridden by Joel Rosario, was a half-length winner over Game On Dude and Chantal Sutherland in the 2012 Classic.
Rosario will ride Game On Dude, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap
and Hollywood Gold Cup this year, for trainer Bob Baffert in the
Classic. Rafael Bejarano, leading rider at the Del Mar meeting, has the
mount on Dullahan for trainer Dale Romans.
“Tell the Dude it’s game on,” Crawford said.