Ticker
  • La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 5 days ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 8 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 11 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 11 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 11 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 11 days ago
  • Separationofpowers (9-5) impresses in the Frizette at Belmont Park.Posted 11 days ago
  • Roy H (4-5) lives up to favoritism in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.Posted 12 days ago
Breeders' Cup 2017

Busy Weekend for Mandella

Del Mar logo

Trainer Richard Mandella, three-time winner of the Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic, won't be sending out a horse in Del Mar's signature race on Saturday, but he will be busy saddling Crown of Thorns in the Grade I, $300,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes and Meteore in the Grade II, $250,000 Del Mar Mile.

 

To round out the weekend, the Hall of Fame conditioner will have Champ Pegasus and Worth Repeating in the Grade II, $200,000 Del Mar Handicap.

 

Of the four, Mandella seems to be leaning more strongly toward Crown of Thorns in the 7-furlong Pat OBrien. "I love Crown of Thorns," Mandella said. "He's been off a long time, but he's been training really well." In his five works here, Crown of Thorns shows a bullet 6 furlongs in 1:11 on August 8 and two 7-furlong works since.

 

The Pat O'Brien will be his first start since finishing second in a three-horse blanket finish in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Sprint November 7.

 

Mandella is hopeful a brisk pace in the Del Mar Mile will set up Meteore's closing kick. "Things could be tough for him if there's not a lot of pace in the race," he said.

 

As for Champ Pegasus and Worth Repeating in the Del Mar Handicap, Mandella expressed pleasure at the way the son of Fusaichi Pegasus has been progressing, saying he passed his first class test with his second in Hollywood Park's Sunset Handicap. "He ran really well in the Sunset and he's been coming along well here," the trainer said.

 

Worth Repeating will be making his stakes debut and Mandella simply said, "I've always wanted to try him long, so I might as well do it here."

 

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories