Sunday Rules, a daughter of Tribal Rule owned by Nick Alexander and
trained by Phil D’Amato, was a late scratch from Saturday’s $200,000,
seven-furlong, Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred fillies due to
illness, D’Amato reported. Sunday Rules would have been going for a
fourth straight career-opening win and was the 8-5 opening line
With the scratch, the new opening line, by oddsmaker Russ Hudak, from
the rail out is: Sprouts (Mario Gutierrez, 6-1), Bonus Spin (Corey
Nakatani, 9-5), Shakeitupbetty (Tyler Baze, 10-1), Grazenette (Martin
Garcia, 6-1), Wonderful Lie (Joe Talamo 5-1), and Go West Marie (8-5).
WHAT’S IN A NAME – The Fleet Treat Stakes is named for Fleet
Treat, a California-bred stakes-winning filly owned by the Old English
Rancho of Elwood Johnston. Trained by Jimmy Wallace, Fleet Treat won a
division of the Ramona Handicap and the Palomar Handicap in 1966.
DURAN SURGERY DELAYED; BLANC OKAY AFTER SPILL
Surgery at Scripps La Jolla Hospital was
postponed from Friday to Saturday for Joe Duran, the exercise rider who
suffered vertebrae and rib fractures in the tragic accident
aboard Dance With Fate on Thursday.
“Not because of anything to do with Joe’s
condition but because of the backup (of surgeries) at the hospital,”
trainer Peter Eurton said.
Jockey Brice Blanc, who was taken to Scripps
La Jolla following a spill in Friday’s sixth race, was released with
“He’ll be fine,” agent Susan McBrayer said.
“He’s got bumps and bruises on his elbow and shoulder and a knot on his
head. He’ll be taking a few days off.” McBrayer indicated she would
likely start booking mounts again on Thursday for the 41-year-old native
of Lyon, France.
TRAKUS FACTS FOR FRIDAY
A wild stretch run in Friday’s fifth race saw
winner Oscar Party check badly in mid-stretch, but still get up in
time. She covered the second shortest trip in the field en route to a
¾-length win, while second placer Lady Asano and third home Irish
Presence covered 37 and 29 feet more, distances that approximate to 4 ¼
and 3 ½ lengths of extra ground.