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Internallyflawless and jockey Garrett, right, outrun Nan (Victor Espinoza), right to win the Grade I, $350,000 Del Mar Oaks, Saturday,August 22 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar Ca.Â
Internallyflawless Wins Del Mar OaksCharles E. Fipke's Kentucky-bred Internallyflawless, given a picture perfect ride by jockey Garrett Gomez, held off the late challenge of 30-1 longshot Nan to win Saturday's featured Grade I $350,000 Del Mar Oaks for three-year-old fillies. Internallyflawless, a well-bred daughter of Giant's Causeway, stalked pacesetting Donttellmewhattodo to the top of the stretch, took solid command but then was forced to go all out to defeat the fast-closing Nan and jockey Victor Espinoza, winning by a half-length in 1:49.46 for the mile and one-eighth over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Well Monied, the even-money favorite in the field of ten fillies, made a menacing move turning into the stretch but wound up a length behind the runner-up and a head in front of fourth-place Hameildaeme at the wire. Internallyflawless, conditioned by newly inducted Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, was scoring her second win in only six starts and earned $210,000 to increase her career bankroll to $267,400. Sent to the gate at 6-1, the filly returned $15.80, $8.20 and $4.80. In her previous outing, she was fourth in the San Clemente Handicap, her first race since last December at Santa Anita. Nan paid $21 and $8.40 and Well Monied returned $2.60 to show. In Saturday's seventh race, Craig Family Trust's Sidney's Candy, a two-year-old son of Candy Ride, set a track record of 1:02.71 for 5 1/2 furlongs in scoring an easy victory under jockey Joe Talamo. John Sadler trains the colt who paid $3.80 as the strong favorite. The previous mark of 1:03.26 was set by Streamin Heat last season. Talamo enjoyed his best afternoon of the season as he booted in four winners, including Sidney's Candy. He also won the second on Ride Me Fast, the ninth on Flirting for Love and the tenth on Tamarack Smarty.Â
Tres Borrachos on Track for Pacific Classic"So far, so good," said trainer Beau Greely this morning about prospects for Tres Borrachos in Del Mar's seasonal signature event, the Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic set for Sunday, September 6. Tres Borrachos, a 4-year-old gelded son of Ecton Park, has posted a steady work schedule first at Hollywood Park and then Santa Anita following his second-place finish in the Hollywood Gold Cup July 11. "He's doing fine," Greely said from Santa Anita. "He'll work tomorrow (Sunday) morning at Santa Anita, and then we'll head to Del Mar later in the week so that he'll be able to work over the track next Monday.â€ His work tab since the Gold Cup shows one 3-furlong drill in 36.60, a half-mile in 48.80 and two 5-furlong moves, both in 1:02.40. Greely said he hadn't decided this morning how far the horse would go in his workout Sunday. Greely is no stranger to the Pacific Classic, having won with 11-1 Borrego in 2005.Â
Global Hunter, Colonel John Drill for Classic Global Hunter, winner of the Grade I Eddie Read on the turf and third in the Grade I Bing Crosby on the main track, worked a bullet 59.40 for 5 furlongs Wednesday over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Trainer A.C. Avila said the drill is part of the 6-year-old Argentine-bred's preparation for the Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic Sunday, September 6. Avila said working on the turf course was a matter of being easier on the horse. Colonel John put in a sharp 5-furlong move in 1:01.80 Monday on the main track, and trainer Eoin Harty, who expressed enthusiasm for the work, said the 4-year-old son of Tiznow is right on track for Del Marâ€™s 1 1/4-mile signature event. "He'll work again early next week -- probably 6 or 7 furlongs," Harty said. Awesome Gem, who finished second in Sundayâ€™s Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash., is back home in the Craig Dollase barn. "He ran another big race," Dollase said. "He's a real trier." As for whatâ€™s ahead, Dollase said more would be known next week. Awesome Gem, who has run twice in the Pacific Classic, has been a "probable" for the race all along.
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Einstein to Run in Pacific ClassicMidnight Cry Stable's Einstein, the richest North American horse currently in training with more than $2.7-million in purses, will ship to Del Mar on August 31 to compete in Del Mar's Pacific Classic on Labor Day Sunday, September 6. The 7-year-old Brazilian-bred horse by Spend a Buck is based in Kentucky in the barn of the highly successful horsewoman Helen Pitts, but will be making his second trip west in 2009 for the Classic. In March he triumphed in the Santa Anita Handicap under Julien Leparoux, who will be aboard again at Del Mar. The $1-million Pacific Classic, Del Mar's signature race, is run at a mile and one-quarter. Track officials are anticipating a large field for the 19th running of the race, including west coast stars Colonel John, Informed and Rail Trip. Einstein, who has won on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces, shows 11 victories, along with three second and three thirds in 27 lifetime starts for total winnings of $2,703,324.