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Proctor Looking for More Stakes Success With Corporate Jungle

Corporate Jungle is the 3-1 morning line favorite for Wednesday’s $90,000 Wickerr Stakes. A victory by the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway would provide trainer Tom Proctor with stakes victories on successive racing days at the meeting. Proctor-trained Wishing Gate took the San Clemente Handicap on Sunday under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.

Corporate Jungle, owned by Gary and Mary West, was second in the Swoon’s Son Stakes at Arlington Park in Chicago on June 8 in his 2013 debut and first start for Proctor after coming over from the barn of Chad Brown.

Chips All In is the second choice in the Wickerr at 7-2 followed by My Best Brother (5-1), and Wilkinson (5-1) in a field of 10.

Proctor assistant Amy Dollase said Wednesday morning that Wishing Gate came out of the San Clemente in good shape and, as Proctor indicated on Sunday, likely make her next start in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on Saturday, August 17.

Trainer Jeff Bonde said that Unusual Way was fine after her runner-up effort in the San Clemente and was also headed for the Oaks.

First Week Goes Into Books As A Winner

Racing’s statistical benchmarks all rang higher and truer at Del Mar for the first week of the meeting, completed on Sunday.

After five days of racing, on-track handle was up by 3.3% to $13,680,735 from last year’s $13,247,840, a daily average for 2013 of $2,736,147. It also saw a rise of 14.8 % in Advanced Deposit Wagering from a total of $14,330,520 (for an average of $2,866,104) to $16,452,878 ($3,290,576).

The pari-mutuel handle from all sources went from $62,098,605 (a daily average of $12,419,721) to $65,222,976 ($13,044,595), a 5.0% jump.

On-track attendance showed a slight rise when compared to 2012 – a five-day increase from 107,336 to 108,165, measuring just under 1%. The daily average for the first week in 2013 was 21,633, keyed, of course, by the opening day crowd of 43,030.

Through the initial week of 2012, there had been 45 races with 367 starters for a per-race average of 8.2. After the same span this year, the track had run the same 45 races, but has 398 starters for an 8.8 horse-per-race average.

The track’s “Ship and Win” program, now in its third summer, also registered positives. The incentive plan, which provides a $1,000 starter fee for all out-of-state horses, as well as a 33 1/3% bonus on top of first-race purse earnings, increased after one week by two horses – 28 to 26 – and by two winners – six as opposed to four.

Trakus Facts Of The Day For Sunday

In Sunday’s seventh race, winner Wiredfortwotwenty set hot fractions and stayed on to win. Most horses didn’t change positions meaningfully in the claiming test with one exception – fifth place finisher #12 High Test. Slow into stride and guided to the rail from last under Joe Talamo, High Test covered the final two furlongs just 0.05-second slower than Wiredfortwotwenty, and was faster in the last eighth by 0.09 second.

 

 

 

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