TRAKUS FACTS FROM SUNDAY: Pacific Classic winner Shared Belief and third place finisher Imperative ran the same final quarter, timed in 24.84 seconds.The early pace set by Obviously in the Del Mar Mile took its toll in the final quarter. The heavily-backed favorite finished fourth and ran his final two furlongs in 24.70 seconds.Winner Tom’s Tribute came home in 23.86 seconds while second placer Rock Me Baby was home fastest in 23.69 seconds. Fifth place finisher Tigah had the fastest final furlong in 11.86 seconds.First time starter Conquest Panthera rallied from off a slow pace and won easily, running the final quarter in 23.52 seconds and a final eighth in 11.91 seconds.
With just over one month to go before the curtain comes down on the 2014
Monmouth Park meeting on Sept. 28, the races for top honors show some very familiar faces leading the way. In the jockey’s contest, Paco Lopez has a commanding lead, having booted home 109 winners through last Sunday’s card. Lopez, a 28-year-old native ofVeracruz, Mexico, was top rider at Monmouth in 2010 and 2013. Orlando Bocachica, with 43 wins, is next in the standings, followed by Gabriel Saez (40 wins) and the duo of Trevor McCarthy and Eddie Castro,
each with 36 victories.The trainer’s race is a near carbon-copy of last year with Jorge Navarro (28 victories), holding a one win lead over Eddie Plesa Jr.
David Jacobson is third with 22 wins, two more than Todd Pletcher, who has two more than Hugh McMahon.Over in the owner’s column, White Wabbit Wacing LLC has visited the winner’s circle 16 times, eight more than Red Oak Stable and Patricia
TRAKUS FACTS OF THE DAY FOR FRIDAY: Ann of the Dance covered essentially the shortest trip while upsetting the CTT/TOC Handicap on Friday. Second place finisher Scarlet Strike traveled 36 feet more, Customer Base went 46 feet more in third, fourth home Charlie Em went 35 more and fifth finisher Rhagori covered 64 more. Those extra distances equate to anywhere from 4 ¼ to 7 ½ lengths of added ground. Source: Del Mar
Since arriving Thursday evening in San Diego via a 12-hour flight from
London, Toast of New York owner Michael Buckley and trainer Jamie
Osborne have been present Friday and Saturday for their horse’s 8:30
a.m. excercises for the Pacific Classic. Buckley has been to California
several times for reasons such as the Breeders’ Cup races, but this is
only his second trip to Del Mar. Buckley has observed that while Toast
Of New York never seemed relaxed in his namesake city before a
sixth-place effort in last month’s Belmont Derby, that’s not the case
now. “He seems much more relaxed, I think he likes the California air,”
Buckley said. Source: Del Mar
Two Ship & Win horses notched victories in Week 5 of racing at Del Mar, raising
the meet total to 17 wins, $234,180 in bonuses and $25,000 in travel
money distributed. The corresponding numbers for 2013 at a similar point
were 18 wins, $209,733 in bonuses and $103,000 in travel money.
Trainer Richard Mandella said Brazilian champion Bal A Bali is “doing well” in
recovering from a foot problem and will spend some time at a farm in
Kentucky before being shipped to his stable at Santa Anita.
Spendthrift Farm’s champion Beholder, who won the 2012 Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies and 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, is back
in training after suffering a minor injury when she finished fourth
in Belmont Park’s Ogden Phipps on June 7. Beholder’s third work since
an August 1 return was a five-furlong bullet in 58.80 at Del Mar on
August 11. She went five furlongs in 1:02.80 on Tuesday. “She went a
little too strong in her (Aug. 11) work, so we eased up a little this
time,” trainer Richard Mandella said. Beholder is on track for the
Zenyatta Stakes on September 27 at Santa Anita, a race she won last year
In Sunday’s seventh race, Conquest Misbehave ran her final quarter in
23.83 and final eighth in 11.91, the fastest split at both points, on
her way to a 2 ½ length win at 9-1. The next fastest home in the race
was fifth placer Show Stealer, recording a final quarter in 24.61
seconds and final eighth in 12.46.
Valet Michel Poincelet, kicked in the chest by Lizzy’s Tizzy following
Friday’s seventh race, was examined and released from Scripps La Jolla
Hospital. Poincelet, sore from the incident, took Saturday off from
work, but is expected to be fine.
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