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Dullahan captures the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
Dullahan came out of his Polytrack record-setting performance in Sunday’s TVG Pacific Classic and went through his usual morning routine Wednesday at Del Mar with Amy Dollase doing the supervising.

Tammy Fox, the wife of Dullahan’s trainer Dale Romans and the designated on-site overseer for Dullahan’s final preparations last week, returned to their Louisville home a day after the race. Dullahan is scheduled to follow on Thursday and return to Romans’ stable at Churchill Downs.

“He’s walking good and eating good and looking good so everything appears to be fine,” Dollase said as Dullahan was walked around the ring in the area of Barn P, where the 3-year-old son of Even The Score has been stabled for the past 10 days.

“He leaves Thursday morning.”

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Dullahan overcame a two-length advantage by Game On Dude entering the stretch for a half-length victory in the $1 million signature event of the Del Mar season, clocking 1:59.54 for the 1 1/4-miles, the first sub-two minute time since the main track was converted from dirt to Polytrack in 2007. The previous Polytrack record was 2:00.61 by Acclamation in 2011; the track record for the distance is 1:59.11 by Candy Ride in 2003.

A number of the estimated 60-member contingent from the Donegal partnership group, based in Des Moines, Iowa and headed by Jerry Crawford, partied at the barn and then went out to dinner Sunday night , celebrating only the third victory in the 22-year history of the event by a horse that had not made his last start before the Classic at at either Hollywood Park or Del Mar.

“Everyone had a good time,” Dollase said. “I know they all enjoyed Del Mar, and to come out with a win made it even better.”

Crawford’s comments in the post-race press conference for the Classic, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 3 at Hollywood Park included:

“I think every (racetrack) needs to have the surface they want…People are going to insist that this is a synthetic (surface) horse because he won three Grade I’s on synthetic. But there’s no one else in the country that has won three Grade I’s on any surface and placed in graded stakes on turf and finished third in the Kentucky Derby.

I would respectfully submit that the question with Dullahan is not what surface can he run on, but what surface can’t he run on?”


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