The Big Three are the Expert Picks for the Pacific Classic at Del Mar

The Big Three are the Expert Picks for the Pacific Classic at Del Mar
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A sampling of TVG Pacific Classic selections from an eclectic group of “experts” randomly chosen based mainly on availability and willingness to participate. (In a similar poll in 2015, 10 of 23 correctly identified Beholder, who won by 8 ¼ lengths as the 2-1 favorite.
Steve Andersen, Daily Racing Form  – California Chrome. “He’s at the top of his game.”
Brad Free, Daily Racing Form – California Chrome. “With Beholder second and Dalmore picking up the pieces in third.”
Scott Shapiro, DMTC Seminar host – California Chrome. “Loves the distance and is the class of the field.”
Bob Ike, handicapper – California Chrome. “Despite the rail, he’s the best.”
Jeremy Balan, Blood Horse correspondent – California Chrome. “Even with the rail post he’s superior at 1 ¼ miles.”
Jay Posner, Sports Editor, San Diego Union-Tribune – California Chrome. “When in doubt, and I definitely have doubts, take the best horse.”
Jeff Nahill, Handicapper/turf writer, San Diego Union-Tribune – Dortmund. “He tired in his loss to Chrome in the San Diego, but he should be fitter this time and has been training lights out.”
Chris Ello, San Diego Union Tribune correspondent – Beholder. “I’d choose a sensational lady over a sensational dude every time.”
Larry Zap, Bloodstock agent – Beholder. “I like everything she’s doing since her last race, and if she runs the (Pacific Classic) race she did last year, she wins.”
Harris Auerbach, owner – Beholder. “I always root for the fillies.”
Doug O’Neill, trainer – California Chrome. “He’s such a warrior.”
John Malone, DMTC clocker – Dortmund. “He’s looked great in all his workouts since his last race.”
Simon Callaghan, trainer – Dortmund. “Marginally, by improvement off his last one.”
Dave Hofmans, trainer -- Dortmund. “I think he needed his last and I think he’s going to improve.”
Michael Hepworth, international turf writer – Beholder. “Ignore her last race, Mandella should have her right.”
Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron:  California Chrome.  “If my agent asked me who I wanted to ride I would say California Chrome. I was always inclined to choose a male over a mare. Chrome is coming off a really good race and Beholder is coming off a not-so-good race. But she’ll be tough.”
Trainer Matthew Chew: Beholder. “She’s going into the race perfect and we’re here in the same barn with Richard Mandella. The distance last time favored the other filly [Stellar Wind]. The mile and a quarter will be good for her. If Mandella thought she was anything but tip-top, he wouldn’t send her out.”
Trainer Peter Eurton: California Chrome.  “My heart’s with Beholder, but nobody beats the Chrome today. He’s too good right now.”
Ben Huffman, racing secretary at Churchill Downs and Keeneland: California Chrome.
Trainer Jesse Mendoza:  Beholder. “I like the girl. I think she can do it again.”
Trainer Patrick Gallagher and also CHRB member Madeline Auerbach: “Triple dead heat.”
Source: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

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