Del Mar news: Bolo leads field of seven in Sunday's Mile

Del Mar Stable Notes
August 15, 2019 05:37pm

Bolo, the wire-to-wire upset winner of the Shoemaker Mile (G1) on May 27 at Santa Anita Park, will face 10 rivals in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Del Mar Mile to complete a weekend of six graded stakes races at the seaside oval.

A 7-year-old gelded son of Temple City trained by Carla Gaines, Bolo led all the way under Florent Geroux in the Shoemaker at odds of 33-1 to win in only his second start after being out of racing for nearly two years, clocking 1:34.07 for the distance.

The field from the rail: Prince Earl (Geovanni Franco), El Picaro (Drayden Van Dyke), Majestic Eagle (Rafael Bejarano), Bombard (Mike Smith), Bowies Hero (Flavien Prat), Double Touch (Abel Cedillo), Grecian Fire (Kent Desormeaux), What a View (Martin Garcia), Bolo (Florent Geroux), Sharp Samurai (Joe Talamo) and Ohio (John Velazquez).

 
CHICAGO INVADER FAVORED IN DEL MAR HANDICAP

Argentine-bred The Great Day, runner-up in the Arlington Handicap on July 13 in his second U.S. start, was installed as the 5-2 favorite on the morning line for Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Handicap.

A 5-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday trained by Arnaud Delacour, The Great Day was a multiple Group 1 winner in Argentina, racing at distances up to 1 ½ miles and was beaten only 1 ¾ lengths in the 1 3/16-mile Arlington Handicap.

The field from the rail: Oscar Dominguez (Joe Talamo, 12-1), Ritzy A.P. (Martin Garcia, 12-1), Blended Citizen (Aaron Gryder, 20-1), Marckie’s Water (Tiago Pereira, 7-2), United (Flavien Prat, 3-1), The Great Day (John Velazquez, 5-2), Itsinthepost (Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2), Arizona Moon (Evin Roman, 30-1) and Acclimate (Florent Geroux, 12-1).

The Del Mar Handicap goes as the seventh race, kicking off a string of four straight Graded Stakes.
 
BAFFERT’S FIGHTING MAD FAVORED IN SATURDAY’S TORREY PINES

Gary and Mary West’s homebred Fighting Mad, a daughter of New Year’s Day trained by Bob Baffert, was established as the narrow 5-2 favorite in a field of eight for Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes at a mile on the main track for 3-year-old fillies.

Fighting Mad was a winner in her racing debut at Del Mar on August 25 of last year and, after spring starts at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, returned West with a runner-up finish in a fast allowance here on July 19.

The field from the rail: Into Chocolate (Mike Smith, 10-1), High Regard (Rafael Bejarano, 12-1), Classic Fit (Florent Geroux, 3-1), Hollywood Hills (Julien Leparoux, 12-1), Colonial Creed (Victor Espinoza, 8-1), Sneaking Out  (Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2), Fighting Mad (Joe Talamo, 5-2) and Kim K (Flavien Prat, 5-1).The Torrey Pines is the eighth race on the card.
 
BROWN FILLY LOOMS LARGE IN GRADE I DEL MAR OAKS

Cambier Parc, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro conditioned by Chad Brown, the nation’s leading trainer for money earnings, was tabbed the 5-2 favorite in a capacity field of 14 for Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks.

Cambier Parc, a $1.25 million purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2017, raced only once at two but has three wins in five 2019 starts. Two of the victories were in Grade 3 stakes and she enters the race off a third-place performance in the Belmont Oaks (G1) in July.

Through Wednesday, Equibase figures had Brown with 129 wins from 488 starters and earnings of $17,932,501. Steve Asmussen is No. 2 in the North American trainer standings with 251 wins from 1,312 starters and $16,507549 in earnings.

The Oaks field from the rail: Cambier Parc (John Velazquez, 5-2), Maxim Rate (Brice Blanc, 20-1), Strike at Dawn (Geovanni Franco, 20-1), Hard Legacy (Julien Leparoux, 12-1), Raymundos Secret (Florent Geroux, 10-1), Keeper Ofthe Stars (Abel Cedillo, 10-1), Dogtag (Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1), Apache Princess (Kent Desormeaux, 10-1), Sold It (Mario Gutierrez, 30-1), Mucho Unusual (Mike Smith, 5-1), Lady Prancealot (Joe Talamo, 8-1), Out Of Balance (Victor Espinoza, 20-1), Wildlife (Rafael Bejarano, 30-1) and Hidden Message (Flavien Prat, 8-1).

The Oaks goes as the ninth on an 11-race program led by the Pacific Classic (G1).

UNDRAFTED SETTLES IN FOR GREEN FLASH BATTLE

Undrafted, a Kentucky-bred Purim gelding, arrived Monday for Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Green Flash Handicap and has settled in nicely for the five-furlong turf sprint.

“He’s 9 years old and he’s been a lot of places, so not much bothers him,” said Blake Heap, who handles West Coast shippers for trainer Wesley Ward. “He’s a nice little horse, easy to get along with.”

The Green Flash will be the 42
nd start in a career which has produced nine wins and more than $1.5 million in earnings. Heap has been around for many of the major events, among them a trip to Royal Ascot in 2018.

Undrafted is part owned by Wes Welker, who was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and went on to titles with the New England Patriots. He is now retired and a coach with the San Francisco 49ers.

The field from the rail: Calexman (Geovanni Franco, 12-1), Stormy Liberal (Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5), Undrafted (Victor Espinoza, 5-1), Shades Of Victory (Ruben Fuentes, 20-1), Eddie Haskell (Kent Desormeaux, 9-5) and Mr Vargas (Joe Talamo, 3-1).

The Green Flash is scheduled as the third race of the day.

 

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