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Ten Set for San Diego

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A field of 10 runners, with potential to show up for Del Mar's signature $1-million Pacific Classic Saturday, August 28, is set to go the post in Saturday's 69th running of the Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

 

A victory in the "Win and You're In" event guarantees a spot in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

 

The field is bolstered by three from the Bob Baffert barn, including 2009 Pacific Classic winner Richard's Kid. His running mates are Sangaree and Mythical Power. Sangaree posted three straight seconds in Hollywood Park's Mervyn LeRoy Handicap and the Californian, both Grade II events, and the Grade I Triple Bend Handicap, while Mythical Power comes to the race from a fourth in the Grade II Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

 

Richard's Kid, who also is entered in Friday's Cougar II Handicap, will carry high weight of 122 pounds, including Russell Baze, all-time leading jockey in victories. Richard's Kid will spot his foes from four to nine pounds. 

 

Millionaire Battle of Hastings, whose 19-race career has been exclusively on turf, takes to the main track for the first time in the San Diego, making him something of a mystery horse in the race. Though winless in four outings this year, Battle of Hastings' preparation for the San Diego includes two bullet workouts at 5 furlongs on Hollywood Park's synthetic oval for trainer Jeff Mullins.

 

Trainer Doug O'Neill made good on an earlier comment by supplementing Enriched, who was third behind a crawling pace in Saturday's Grade I Eddie Read on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. The horse was added to the roster through a $2,000 payment.


Here's the lineup from the rail, with weights and jockeys: Enriched, 117, Patrick Valenzuela; Isle of Giant's, 113, Alonso Quinonez; Deal Breaker, 115, Rafael Bejarano; Tres Borrachos, 114, David Flores; Sangaree, 116, Martin Pedroza; Red Eye Express, 114, Victor Espinoza; Battle of Hastings, 118, Joe Talamo; Richard's Kid, 122, Russell Baze; Mythical Power, 117, Martin Garcia, and Dakota Phone, 117, Joel Rosario.


 

 

 

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