Impressive Eddie Read winner
The Usual Q.T. and third- and fourth-place finishers Enriched and Crowded House
could well show up next in Del Mar's seasonal signature race, the Grade I,
$1-million Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 28.
That's what trainers Jim
Cassidy, Doug O'Neill and Ben Cecil, respectively, indicated Sunday morning.
All of their horses were reported in fine fettle this morning. In fact, O'Neill
was so enthused about Enriched's condition he said, "We may just wheel him
back in the San Diego
[Handicap] on Saturday.
Both O'Neill and Cecil, who
has taken over the training of the English-bred Crowded House from Briton Brian
Meehan, are pretty well set on the Pacific Classic, while Cassidy says he will
consider the Arlington Million on the turf at Arlington Park on Saturday,
August 21, the Del Mar Handicap on the turf on Sunday August 29 and the Pacific
Classic for his 4-year-old superstar, who now has won eight of 15 lifetime
Eoin Harty said he will keep
his Read runner-up, Victor's Cry, on the grass and is considering the Grade II,
$200,000 Del Mar Handicap at 1 3/8 miles.