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Smiling Tiger, beaten 1 1/4 lengths as the even money favorite after a slow start in Sunday’s Grade I, $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes, has recovered from the  race in good order and his connections are looking to the next major sprint stakes  on the Del Mar calendar.

“He came out of the race fine, has been eating up well and we’re going to the Pat O’Brien,” Mersad Metanovic, racing manager for trainer Jeff Bonde’s stables said. “We’re looking forward to a rematch with the horse that won the race.”

Bob Baffert-trained  Euroears, who set a Del Mar Polytrack record of 1:08.17 for six furlongs in going wire-to-wire in the Crosby, also exited the event well. But on Wednesday morning, Baffert was non-committal about the 7-furlong, Grade I, $250,000 Pat O’Brien upcoming on August 28.

“He’s really good,” Baffert said. “When I was getting on the plane (Saturday for Monmouth Park) I was thinking ‘If he doesn’t win the Crosby as well as he’s been training, he’s going to the Whitney (at Saratoga, next Saturday).”

Euroears isn’t going anywhere, but the Pat O’Brien is not a surety.

“I don’t know about the seven-eighths. He’s more of a six-furlong specialist.”

Third-place finisher Amazombie is also fine. Trainer Bill Spawr said the next objective is the Ancient Title in October at Santa Anita.



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