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Egg Drop Survives Inquiry in Yellow Ribbon

Little Red Feather Racing’s Egg Drop, the 3-1 second choice under jockey Martin Garcia, repulsed the late charge of 34-1 outsider Appealing to win the Grade II $150,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap, feature of Del Mar’s Labor Day Monday card of Thoroughbred action.

Egg Drop reached the wire a head in front of Appealing and her rider, Brice Blanc, with My Gi Gi another 1 ½ lengths back in third. Defending champion Halo Dolly was fourth.

The stewards posted the inquiry sign after the race because of an incident in deep stretch where Garrett Gomez on My Gi Gi took up while moving between Egg Drop and Appealing. However, after a lengthy viewing of the videotape, the stewards ruled that the incident occurred at a time in the race where it did not affect the order of finish.

Egg Drop, a four-year-old roan daughter of Alphabet Soup trained by Mike Mitchell, was timed in 1:40.50 for the mile and one-sixteenth over the infield grass course and paid $8, $4.80 and $3.80 while earning $90,000 with her fourth win in ten starts. Her earnings now total $254,020.

Appealing returned $26 and $13, while My Gig paid $5.20 to show. Withdrawn from the original field of older fillies and mares was In The Stars.

Supporting features on the program were the $150,000 I’m Smokin Stakes for two-year-olds and the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

Jedi Mind Trick, under jockey Victor Espinoza, overhauled Gangnam Guy in the final strides to win the I’m Smokin by a neck in 1:09.76 for the six furlongs. Ashleyluvssugar was third, with 4-5 favored Aotearoa a well-beaten fourth.

Jedi Mind Trick, owned by Doubledown Stables and trained by John Sadler, paid

$12.20 after his third win in four races. The victory was worth $85,500 for the son of Don’tsellmeshort.

Irish-bred Clenor, the 4-5 betting choice ridden by Rafael Bejarano, rallied from last place to win the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:34.64 for the mile over the infield turf course. Nesso was second, with Pleasant Miss third.

Clenor, owned by the Great Friends Stable, Cseplo and Keh and conditioned by Doug O”Neill, paid $3.80 while earning $60,000 with her second win in only five outings. She is a daughter of Oratorio who began her career with three races in Ireland prior to being imported to the United States. She broke her maiden impressively at Del Mar August 7.

There were 127 perfect tickets in the Pick Six and each paid $9,020.

With a carryover from Sunday of $297,538 and $1,583,368 bet Monday, the pool totaled $1,880,906.

Attendance Monday was 11,424.

 

 

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