Vasilika looks to rebound in Del Mar's John C. Mabee Stakes

Del Mar Stable Notes
August 28, 2019 04:38pm
A field of 10 led by defending race winner Vasilika is set for Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the former claimer Vasilika has won eight of her last 10 starts, all but one in graded stakes, while building career earnings of more than $1.3 million.

Vasilika, who two starts back won Santa Anita's Gamely (G1) with a performance that makes her a contender in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf division, was most recently ridden by Julien Leparoux to a third-place finish in the local Yellow Ribbon (G2) on August 3 while regular jockey Flavien Prat was out of town. Prat will be back in the irons Saturday.

Interested in this spot are 5-year-old La Force, who switches to the turf after running in the west coast's top dirt races for fillies and mares the past two seasons, and Paved, a 4-year-old graded stakes winner going second off the layoff for trainer Michael McCarthy.

Trainer Richard Baltas will saddle both Elysea’s World and Quebec to challenge the likely favorite Vasilika.

Elysea’s World has four Grade 3 stakes wins in the last 18 months but hasn’t hit the board in three tries at the Grade 2 or Grade 1 level. Most recently, the 6-year-old  mare finished fifth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Beau Recall, in the Yellow Ribbon.

“Elysea’s World is doing really well,” Baltas said. “The (Yellow Ribbon) was a little short for her, she needs longer, but she came out of it well.”

Quebec, a 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, was the runner-up to Mabee rival Toinette in a mile allowance on August 7, beaten 1 ½ lengths.

The John C. Mabee goes as Race 7 of 10 on the card with post time at approximately 8 p.m. ET.

2019 John C. Mabee Stakes (G2)


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