Del Mar will present a graded-stakes doubleheader Saturday that includes the 54th edition of the Grade 2, $200,000 San Clemente Stakes for 3-year-old turf fillies.
Also on the 11-race card, which has a first post of 2 p.m. PDT, is the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes (G2) for turf horses.
The San Clemente, named for the Orange Country beach town just above the Marines’ Camp Pendelton base north of the track, will go forth with a dozen 3-year-old fillies in the gate for a one-mile spin on the grass. It is scheduled as race 10.
The Irish filly Going Global, a stakes winner of all four of her U.S. starts this year, appears a stout choice and surely the one to beat in the San Clemente, which serves as a key prep for the track’s championship race for sophomore fillies – the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks at nine furlongs on Aug. 21.
Going Global, a daughter of the Irish stallion Mehmas, won only one of four starts in her native land as a 2-year-old, but has done nothing but win with her shift stateside. She is conditioned by Phil D’Amato.
Madone, who joins last-out allowance winner Freedom Flyer for trainer Simon Callaghan, won the Senorita (G3) at Santa Anita in May, but came back to be a disappointing 10th behind winner Going Global in the May 22 Honeymoon (G3) at Santa Anita.
|Rank||Silks||Horse / Sire||Rating||Trainer / Jockey||Last Start||Status|
|R. Hess, Jr.|
J. Valdivia, Jr.
|R. Hess, Jr.|
|A. De La Cerda|