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2010 Pacific Classic (G1)

8/28/2010, Del Mar
1 1/4 m (Synthetic)
3+ M

What the Nation is saying about the 2010 Pacific Classic (G1)...

On Pacific Classic day, my wife Pat and I sat in the Del Mar clubhouse next to a young girl and her grandparents. Pat said she was about 12, I said 10, so let's make her 11. Like the intrepid reporter I am, I never got her name, so let's call her Kelly. Had she been around 20 or more years ago, raci...Read More
When two of Bob Baffert's trainees, Richard's Kid and El Brujo, won a pair of Grade 1 races at Del Mar, their peerless conditioner was 3,000 miles across the country, tending to his stock at Saratoga (where he won a Grade 3 stake). Before he left California for New York, Baffert took the time to joi...Read More
Richard's Kid and jockey Mike Smith made it two straight victories in Del Mar's signature race of the summer season with a narrow but authoritative triumph in the 20th running of the Grade I $1 million Pacific Classic Presented by TVG Saturday.   Outrun in the early stages of the mile and one-q...Read More
Sunday’s pick six from Del Mar includes the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap for 3-year-olds and up traveling eleven furlongs on the turf course. Morning line favorite Champ Pegasus was beaten a length in a weak renewal of the Grade 3 Sunset but this race did not come up strong and the lightly raced Mandell...Read More
Saturday’s $750,000 guaranteed pick six from Del Mar includes a pair of Grade 1 races. First up is the Pacific Classic (8th race) for 3-year-olds and up traveling ten furlongs on Polytrack. Morning line favorite The Usual Q. T. seems better on dirt but does sport a local synthetic bullet. In the sev...Read More
Can Super Saver pull a Derby-Travers double? Is Rachel a lock to win the Personal Ensign? Will Richard's Kid repeat in the Pacific Classic? Read More
Ten horses were entered to run in Saturday's 20th edition of the Grade I, $1,000,000 Pacific Classic -- Presented by TVG. The mile and one-quarter headliner, the richest race in the west, will anchor an 11-race card here that also includes two other graded stakes and has an early first post of 1 p....Read More
  • medlocke · I think The Usual Q.T. is the logical favorite for the Pacific Classic. But it's certainly not a lock by any means for him. He's going to have to do some real racing to win the Pacific Classic. Dakota Phone has really been racing well. Having won his last start at Del-Mar. Beating Battle of Hastings in the San Diego Handicap. Richard's Kid won the 2009 running of this race, and is also more than capable of winning it again in 2010. Although Awesome Gem ran a stormer of a race to beat Rail Trip in the Hollywood Gold Cup. Most of his biggest racing successes prior to the Hollywood Gold Cup had come on conventional dirt. With the G2 Hawthorne Gold Cup having previously been Awesome Gem's biggest win. Del-Mar is also a very different surface than Hollywood Park. Much more difficult going over the track at Del-Mar, IMO. I think the biggest "live wire" in the race, if he run's to his ability? Is the recent raider from Great Britain, Crowded House. This colt possesses a tremendous turn of foot. He's been raced primarily on turf in the UK. But ran a couple of outstanding efforts on the Tapeta surface at Meydan during the Dubai racing carnival. If he likes the surface at Del-Mar as well as he did the Tapeta at Meydan? Crowded House's turn of foot could absolutely propel him to a victory in the Pacific Classic. IMO. · 1333 days ago ·
The Inside Post Challenge, a multimedia interactive contest available via ThoroughbredTimes.com, returns this summer and fall and contains many of the leading preps for this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 5-6 at Churchill Downs.The Inside Post Challenge will include 12 races an...Read More
Hollywood Gold Cup winner Awesome Gem, Cougar II Handicap victor Temple City and the undefeated 3-year-old, Twirling Candy, worked impressively this morning in what could be their final tune-ups for the Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic Presented by TVG to be run Saturday, August 28.   Aweso...Read More
Hollywood Gold Cup winner Awesome Gem and San Diego Handicap victor Dakota Phone worked Sunday morning toward their prospective starts in Del Mar's Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic Presented by TVG.   The 1 1/4-mile race, Del Mar's seasonal signature event, is set for Saturday, August 28. &...Read More
Though the race still is two weeks away, the $1-million Pacific Classic Presented by TVG is already shaping up as a potentially large field.   At least 12 early prospects are already on board tentatively, led by defending champion Richard's Kid and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Awesome Gem, who wi...Read More
Super grass runner The Usual Q.T., winner of Del Mar's Eddie Read Stakes on the season's opening weekend, has joined the list of prospects for the Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 28.   Following a 6-furlong workout on the main track, trainer Jim Cassidy said he is consi...Read More
Hollywood Gold Cup winner Awesome Gem breezed for the first time Tuesday since his July 10 victory as he prepares for his fourth straight run at Del Mar's signature $1-million, Grade I Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 28.   The 7-year-old gelded son of Awesome Again turned 4 furlongs in 48.6...Read More
There's no point in arguing that Zenyatta should have come to Saratoga to meet Rachel Alexandra in the Personal Ensign and give everyone the race they are dying to see. It was never going to happen. You could put a gun to Jerry Moss's head and he still wouldn't take his mare out of California any ti...Read More
San Diego Handicap winner Dakota Phone was reported in good shape this morning at the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, and appears to be a solid prospect for the Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic Saturday, August 28.   Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer, said the Pacific Classic certainly is under ...Read More
Impressive Eddie Read winner The Usual Q.T. and third- and fourth-place finishers Enriched and Crowded House could well show up next in Del Mar's seasonal signature race, the Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 28.   That's what trainers Jim Cassidy, Doug O'Neill and Ben Ce...Read More
Trainer Craig Dollase is still enjoying the afterglow of winning the Hollywood Gold Cup with his old warrior Awesome Gem. And, according to Dollase, the 7-year-old is enjoying some relaxing time.   The trainer has no schedule for when Awesome Gem will go back to the racetrack. "We've got seven ...Read More
Trainer Craig Dollase was all smiles in his stable office in Barn 54 North Sunday, basking in the afterglow of Awesome Gem’s upset victory in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Saturday.   “I’ll just have to decide which Gold Cup to run him in next,” said Dollase in jest, noting that Awesome Gem ...Read More

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