Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre, part owner of Game On Dude, and
jockey Jamie Spencer, originally named to ride Toast of New York in the
Pacific Classic, will be absent from attendance with good reason.
Torre, former New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers manager, will
be at Yankee Stadium on Saturday for the retirement of the No. 6 jersey
he wore during his tenure there. He will become the third manager and
the 18th player or manager to have his number retired.
Spencer, a two-time jockey champion in Europe, announced his
retirement Thursday. Spencer, 34, will step down as a “retained” rider
for Qatar Racing Ltd., to become advisor to Sheikh Farhad Al Thani.
When Toast of New York trainer Jamie Osborne learned, on Tuesday,
that he would need a replacement rider he put the word out on Twitter
and wound up with Victor Espinoza.
FAVORITE DRAWS OUTSIDE, DEFENDING CHAMP NO. 5 FOR CLASSIC
Shared Belief got the outside post in a field of 11 and was
established as the 5-2 morning line favorite at Wednesday evening’s draw
party for the $1 milllion TVG Pacific Classic at the Rancho Valencia
Resort and Spa.
Defending champion Game On Dude drew the No. 5 post and was the 3-1
second choice on oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s line. Majestic Harbor, the
winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita, is the 9-2 third choice and will
break from the No. 7 stall.
“I think we’d rather have the outside than inside,” Hall of Fame
trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of Shared Belief’s draw. Mike (Smith)
is the one who has to do all the maneuvering and I don’t think he minds
being out there.”
“He’s a very talented horse and I think a lot of him,” said Smith.
“There’s speed inside and hopefully we can follow them on over (toward
the rail) and find a good spot. Then it’s a matter of him being good
Game On Dude part-owner Bernie Schiappa, who represented the
connections at the draw, said: “We’re fine with No. 5, we’re fine with
The Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic will be the 10th of 11
races on the Sunday Del Mar card, which also features two other Graded
stakes, the Grade II $250,000 Pat O’Brien and Grade II $250,000 Del Mar
The Pat O’Brien and the Pacific Classic are “Win And You’re In”
qualifiers for Breeders’ Cup races November 1 at Santa Anita. The
Pacific Classic provides entrée to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic,
the Pat O’Brien to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast the Pacific Classic live from 5 to 6 p.m. (Pacific) with post time scheduled for 5:46 p.m.
First post for the Sunday card will be 1 p.m., an hour earlier than usual.
Source: Del Mar