Glatt first to win Crosby back-to-back with 3-year-olds

Glatt first to win Crosby back-to-back with 3-year-olds
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A year after winning the Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar with 3-year-old Collusion Illusion, trainer Mark Glatt did it again Saturday with another sophomore colt, Dr. Schivel.

It’s the first time one trainer has won the premier sprint stake of the meeting back-to-back with 3-year-olds tackling older rivals. And, as Glatt states it, there’s no secret or trick to pulling off the unprecedented.

“When you have a really good 3-year-old, like this horse and Collusion Illusion last year, going against older is not that big a factor,” Glatt said. “When you have just an average horse, I think (age) comes into play a lot more.”

Dr. Schivel, a Kentucky-bred son of Violence, broke his maiden here, in his third career start, last August and came back a month later to win the Del Mar Futurity (G1) for trainer Luis Mendez in early September.

Transferred to Glatt’s barn, the colt was given a nine-month layoff, then overcame some bumping to win his 2021 debut in a June allowance race at Santa Anita that signaled stakes readiness.

“After he won his comeback race, we were eyeballing a race in New York (Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $200,000 Amsterdam) at Saratoga that was a straight 3-year-old race,” Glatt said. “As we got further removed from his comeback race, we (considered) how difficult it is to ship in to Saratoga and how he loves this track.

“Several of the owners live around here and want to watch the horse run, so I thought it was best to stay here and give it a try.”

The $180,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed Dr. Schivel’s career earnings to $416,000 from six career starts. The Bing Crosby was a “win-and-you’re-in” qualifier for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint over the same course on Nov. 6.

Glatt said Sunday morning that Dr. Schivel and Law Abidin Citizen – third in the 2020 Crosby, fourth Saturday beaten less than a length – both came out of the race in good health. A third Glatt entrant in the Crosby, defending champion Collusion Illusion, was scratched because of a minor injury incurred in a training run Friday.

“It probably would have been safe to run him, but the ownership group and I thought it was best to err on the conservative side and have him run another day,” Glatt said. “I don’t know when, but I don’t think that day will be very far off.”

Trainer Bob Baffert said that Eight Rings, the Crosby runner-up beaten a neck at odds of 16-1, came out of the race with a shoe on one hoof that was bent nearly in half, but was otherwise fine.

“We were happy with him and thought he showed a lot of heart,” Baffert said. A next assignment remains to be determined.

Trainer Peter Miller reported that third-place finisher and 3-2 favorite C Z Rocket, beat only a half-length, exited the effort well. “He ran great, but you can’t make up as much ground as he needed to on this track the way it’s playing,” Miller said.

C Z Rocket will not defend his title in the $200,000, 7-furlong Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) on Aug. 28. “We’ll wait for Santa Anita,” Miller said.

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