Truline Racing’s Sirocco Strike, piloted by Julien Leparoux, fell a
neck short of overhauling Distinctiv Passion in the featured $100,690
Green Flash Handicap Wednesday at Del Mar, but was awarded victory when
stewards disqualified the original winner.
An inquiry revealed that Distinctiv Passion, the 5-2 betting choice,
drifted out in the final yards to bump Strong Wind, who finished third
only a head farther back in a blanket wind-up to the five-furlong
sprint over the infield turf course.
Because of the infraction, Distinctiv Passion, who was piloted by
Edwin Maldonado, was demoted to third place, with Sirocco Strike
inheriting the win and Strong Wind and Gary Stevens being elevated to
the runner-up spot.
Sirocco Strike, a six-year-old son of Forestry, returned $16.40,
$6.60 and $3.80 after his fourth triumph in 20 starts. First money of
$56,400 increased his earnings to $232,876. He is trained by Jeff
Strong Wind paid $5.40 and $3.60, while Distinctiv Passion, winner of
an allowance race July 26 over Sirocco Strike, paid $3 to show.
Time for the distance was :55.34.
There were 20 perfect tickets in the Pick Six and each was worth
$57,967. The total pool was $1,942,895 - $1,687,187 in “new” money
wagered today pursuing a carryover of $255,708 from Sunday.
Attendance Wednesday totaled 12,750.