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Sunday Rules Scratched from Fleet Treat

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 favorite.

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.


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 minor injuries.

“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.


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.




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