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Unleashing an electric burst of speed, Glen Hill Farm’s
classy Enterprising, the 3-2 favorite under Hall of Famer Mike Smith,
blew away his opposition in the stretch to win Saturday’s featured 74th running of the Grade II $150,000 La Jolla Handicap.
According to calculations after the race, Enterprising ran
his final five-sixteenths amazingly fast, in approximately 28 seconds,
while rallying from far back to win by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:41.31 for the
mile and one-sixteenth over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
I’ll Wrap It Up, the longest shot in the field of six
three-year-olds at 15-1, was runner-up, a half-length in front of Sammy
Mandeville, with early pacemaker Schoolofhardrocks fading to fourth.
Tonito M. and Argyle Cut completed the line-up in the final
steppingstone to the Grade II $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sunday, August
Enterprising, a Florida-bred son of Elusive Quality
trained by Tom Proctor, won the opening-day $100,000 Oceanside Stakes
and looms a solid favorite to sweep Del Mar’s series for three-year-olds
in the Del Mar Derby.
Aside from a seventh-place finish in his career debut last
October, Enterprising has never been worse than third in eight
subsequent races while winning five times.
First money of $90,000 increased the bay colt’s earnings to $234,650.
The winner returned $5, $3.80 and $2.80, while I’ll Wrap
It Up paid $10.00 and $4 and third-place Sammy Mandeville returned $4.20