Eastern invader El Commodore made a smashing West Coast debut
Thursday as he led from wire-to-wire under the masterful handling of
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to win the featured $85,000 Qualcomm QTL
Purse at one mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Seizing control of the race in the first few strides, El Commodore
set fast fractions and never was seriously threatened as he won by 2 1/2
lengths in a swift 1:32.99. The course record of 1:32.10 was set by
Grade I turf miler Obviously last summer.
Irish-bred Kid Edward ran on well through the stretch to be second,
three-quarters of a length in front of the 2-1 favorite, Lucayan, with
Camp Victory fourth in the field of nine older horses.
El Commodore, a Kentucky-bred six-year-old son of El Prado owned by
Kagele Brothers and Gallegos and trained by Mike Machowsky, was scoring
his sixth victory in 30 starts. Earlier this year, El Commodore ran in
stakes in Florida with middling success.
The winner went postward at 5-1 and returned $13.20, $7.40 and $4.60
to his backers in a crowd of 9,384. Kid Edward paid $6.60 and $4.60,
while Lucayan paid $3.20 to show.
There were no perfect tickets in Thursday’s Pick Six so Friday’s
program will feature a carryover of $101,569. Post time for the first
race is 4 p.m.