Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal’s new acquisition — the 2-year-old colt Dr. Schivel — paid instant dividends on closing day at Del Mar when he shook off a pair of rivals into the stretch and raced on to score by a length and three quarters in the 73rd edition of the Grade 1, $250,000 Del Mar Futurity.
Rider Flavien Prat was aboard the son of the Kentucky sire Violence and it was his 50th win of the 27-day meeting. As it turned out, it also gave the 28-year-old Frenchmen his fifth Del Mar riding title after a fierce, season-long battle with the Italian newcomer Umberto Rispoli, who finished one behind with 49.
“He broke well, then he got a little aggressive on me," Prat said. "I tried to give him a little breather on the turn, then when I asked him he was a runner. He’s a nice colt.”
Dr. Schivel ran the seven furlongs of the Futurity in 1:24.16 and, as the race favorite, returned $4.80, $3.00 and $2.20 across the board. The $150,000 winner’s share of the purse gave him a fresh bankroll of $197,000 after his second win in four starts.
Finishing second in the juvenile headliner was SF Racing, Starlight Racing or Madaket Stable’s Spielberg and third was Drakos or Hanson’s Weston.
Red Baron’s Barn is the nom du course of veteran owner Jed Cohen of Encino, Calif. Rancho Temescal is the racing moniker for his son, Tim, of Piru, Calif. Together, they made a private purchase of Dr. Schivel from his owners/breeders — William Branch and Arnold Hill — shortly after his maiden-breaking race at Del Mar on Aug. 8. The colt ran Monday for his original trainer, Luis Mendez, giving him his first Grade 1 stakes win, but now will shift to the barn of the Cohens' trainer, Mark Glatt.
Prat scored his 15th stakes win of the session, a Del Mar record for a reinsman. The previous mark of 13 was set by Rafael Bejarano in 2012.
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Hit It A Bomb
D. Van Dyke
In the race prior to the Futurity, Legacy Ranch’s Big Fish triumphed by a length in the ninth running of the Del Mar Juvenile Turf. The 2-year-old colt by Mr. Big covered a mile on turf in 1:38.21 with Victor Espinoza in the tack and picked up a check for $60,000 from the total purse of $102,500. David Hofmans trains Big Fish.
Finishing second was Altamira Racing Stable’s Ebeko and third was Reddam Racing’s Ambivalent.
Big Fish paid $11.40, $6.20 and $4.20 across the board. He now has won two races and purses of exactly $100,000.
The Labor Day card was the final one of the 81st summer season at Del Mar. Racing will resume on Saturday, Oct. 31, for the Bing Crosby meeting.