Pacific Classic hopefuls put in final works at Del Mar

Del Mar Communications
August 11, 2019 11:57am

Seven nominees for the Grade 1, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Aug. 17 put in final works for the signature race of the summer meeting Saturday morning.

Trainer John Sadler sent out his trio of Catalina Cruiser, Campaign and Higher Power.

Doug O’Neill worked Pavel and Julius.

Draft Pick was put through a tune-up run by Peter Eurton.

And Enebish Ganbat saddled Mongolian Groom for a fitness sprint one week out from the 1 ¼-mile event that is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

Campaign, winner of the Cougar II Handicap on July 24, and Higher Power, runner-up in the Wickerr Stakes on July 21, went to the track for a 6:30 a.m. session.

With Rafael Bejarano up, Campaign was officially clocked in 1:04.00 for five furlongs, galloping out to six furlongs in 1:15.80.

Higher Power, under meet-leading jockey Flavien Prat, working in company with Horace Greedy, covered six furlongs in 1:13.40.

Catalina Cruiser, who made a successful title defense in the San Diego Handicap on July 20, took part in a 7:45 a.m. session and was timed in 1:00 flat for five furlongs under assistant trainer Juan Leyva.

Del Mar clockers had interim splits of :24.40, :35.40, :47.60 with the Hronis Racing color bearer galloping out to six furlongs in 1:13.00.

“An impressive work, Prat was very happy with him,” Sadler said of the Higher Power exercise. “Campaign went a little slower, but he finished up well and Bejarano was happy with him.

“Catalina Cruiser went really well, and I’ll come out with what my plan is for him maybe tomorrow,” Sadler said.

A year ago, Catalina Cruiser followed the San Diego victory with one in the Pat O’Brien.

The Pat O’Brien is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Pavel, runner-up to Accelerate in the 2018 Classic, went four furlongs in :49.40 under exercise rider Amir Cedeno.

“He galloped out with great energy and we’re very happy with him,” O’Neill said.

Mario Gutierrez has the mount for the Classic.

Draft Pick went five furlongs in 1:00.60 under Joe Talamo, who’ll be aboard for the Classic.

“I thought he worked very well, no complaints,” Eurton said. “Looking forward to the draw on Tuesday.”

The field will be finalized Tuesday morning and the post-position draw will be held that afternoon at the Brigantine Restaurant which overlooks the track from heights at its northwest corner.

Julius, winner of the opening race of the meeting and considered an O’Neill back-up for Pavel, covered four furlongs in :47.40.

Mongolian Groom, runner-up to Catalina Cruiser in the San Diego Handicap and a potential first Classic starter for Ganbat, went six furlongs in 1:14.


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