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Glen Hill Farm’s Enterprising, with victories notched in the
Oceanside Stakes and the La Jolla Handicap, could become the fourth
horse in Del Mar history to sweep the summer meeting’s 3-year-old stakes
series with a win in Sunday’s $300,000 Grade II Del Mar Derby.
But to join Lightning Mandate (1974), Ladies Din (1998) and Blackdoun
(2004) to complete the triple, the Tom Proctor-trained son of Elusive
Quality will have to overcome seven rivals and prevail at a 1 1/8-mile
distance at which his record is 0-2.
Chief among the rivals, in the estimation of track oddsmaker Russ
Hudak, is Flamboyant, the 5-2 second choice to Enterprising’s 9-5 on the
The French-bred Flamboyant, trained by Patrick Gallagher, won the La
Puente Stakes in April at Santa Anita in his U.S. debut after winning
twice and never being worse than third in six starts in France. Taken to
Belmont Park in New York, Flamboyant kept his on-the-board record clean
with a second to Gala Award in the Pennington Ridge and third behind Mr
Speaker in the Belmont Derby.
Toast of New York, who would subsequently finish second in last
Sunday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic, was sixth in the Belmont Derby.
“He ran well in both races in New York and he’s been training well
since he’s been back here,” Gallagher said. Flamboyant has one work on
the Jimmy Durante Turf Course, venue for the Derby, and four on the
Polytrack main surface. The latest was six furlongs in 1:12.80 a week
ago (Saturday, Aug. 23), best of 13 at the distance.
New York-based Joel Rosario will make the cross-country trip to ride Flamboyant.
“(Rosario) said after the races in New York that he wanted to stick
with (Flamboyant),” Gallagher said. “That was back then and you never
know how things are going to work out. But he (Rosario) is coming out to
Flamboyant is co-owned by California Horse Racing Board Chairman
Chuck Winner, who is committed to getting an in-person look at every
horse he buys and, when time allows, travels the world to do so.
“He’s always been good to train for and we’ve been fairly lucky
together,” Gallagher said. “I’ve known him a long time. He had horses
with my old boss Bill Shoemaker before me.”
The field for the Del Mar Derby, which goes as the ninth on an
11-race card, from the rail out is: Home Run Kitten (Joe Talamo, 6-1),
Sawyer’s Hill (Martin Garcia, 8-1), Midnight Storm (Tyler Baze, 12-1),
Talco (Corey Nakatani, 8-1), Enterprising (Mike Smith, 9-5), Aventador
(Elvis Trujillo, 8-1), Flamboyant (Joel Rosario, 5-2) and Sammy
Mandeville (Rafael Bejarano, 10-1).
Source: Del Mar