Del Mar news: Sadler, Hronis newcomer the one to beat in Oceanside

Del Mar news: Sadler, Hronis newcomer the one to beat in Oceanside
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Jasikan, an import from his native Ireland making his third U.S. start, was made the 9-5 favorite on Del Mar oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line for Wednesday's $100,000 Runhappy Oceanside Stakes.
The traditional opening day feature for 3-year-olds going a mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course drew a field of 12.
Jasikan broke his maiden in his second start at Dundalk in November of last year and was purchased by Hronis Racing and brought to the West Coast for trainer John Sadler. Third in the Singletary at Santa Anita in April, the bay colt came back for an optional claiming level win there on May 27 under Joel Rosario.
The Oceanside field from the rail: Manhattan Up (Tiago Pereira, 12-1), Roger That (Martin Garcia, 20-1), Jasikan (Flavien Prat, 9-5), Legends of War (Rafael Bejarano, 6-1), King of Speed (Kent Desormeaux, 6-1), City Rage (Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1), More Ice (Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 15-1), Gregorian Chant (Geovanni Franco, 7-2), Rijeka (Ruben Fuentes, 20-1), Nolde (Victor Espinoza, 8-1), Golden Birthday (Joe Talamo, 20-1), Synthesis (Mario Gutierrez, 30-1).
Flavien Prat, who has won or shared in two of the last three Del Mar riding titles, enters the 2019 meeting off a solid victory in the Santa Anita meeting. Prat notched 82 wins during the long, late December to late June, Arcadia meeting, besting Joel Rosario by 24. Prat posted 23 wins to capture the Spring/Summer portion, which began in mid-April.
Five-time Del Mar champion Doug O’Neill took the Santa Anita training title with 52 wins, 10 more than Richard Baltas. O’Neill, like Prat, had 23 wins to top the Spring/Summer portion.
At the nine-day Los Alamitos meeting, which concluded Sunday, Peter Miller notched two wins on the final day to edge Bob Baffert, 5-4, for the training title. Apprentice Jorge Velez, 21, had nine victories, two more than Geovanni Franco, to claim the riding title.
Nominations for the juvenile division championship races at the end of the meeting, the Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies and Futurity for 2-year-old males, closed Sunday. And to the surprise of absolutely no one, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had by far the most submissions.
There were 137 nominations for the Debutante, which Baffert has won seven times, and 20 of them were Baffert trainees. Simon Callaghan, aiming to add a third straight Debutante victory to go with Moonshine Memories in 2017 and Bellafina in 2018, has four nominees of which one, Saralin, is for Bellafina owner Kaleem Shah and partners.
Of the 187 nominees for the Futurity, 51 bear the Baffert stamp. Ten of those are owned by Gary and Mary West, who notched their first Futurity victory in 2018 with Baffert-trained Game Winner. The Wests’ world of Futurity possibles consists of: Astrologer, Beachcombing, End Zone, Full Impact, Heros Reward, High Velocity, Malibu Star, Perfect Sense, Pit Boss and Winning Moment.
Baffert has a record 14 Futurity victories, among them a string of seven in a row from 1996 to 2002.

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