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Nine stakes, among them two Grade 1s and two Grade 2s, with purses totaling $1,525,000, will be contested over the final six days of Del Mar’s summer meeting starting .
An at-a-glance look at them and prospects based on nominations.
Generous Portion, , $100,000 – A field of 12 was entered . Recent debut winners here Creative Instinct and Give Me a Hint step up to the stakes level in the six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old Cal-bred fillies.
I’m Smokin, , $100,000 – Eleven were nominated for the six-furlong sprint for Cal-bred 2-year-olds. Entries will be taken and post positions drawn . Creative Instinct (see above) was nominated by trainer Peter Miller for a possible run against males. Debut winners Eighty Proof (Mick Ruis Stable), Policy (Mike McCarthy) and Silken Prince (William Morey) are among the nominees.
Del Mar Debutante, , $300,000 Grade I – The 2-year-old filly championship of the meeting won’t lack for quality but the numbers won’t be determined until draw. Bob Baffert has Mother Mother, Der Lu and Chasing Yesterday; Jerry Hollendorfer has Brill and Simon Callaghan has Bellafina all coming off impressive wins here.
John C. Mabee, , Grade II $200,000 – Eighteen nominations for the 1 1/8-mile turf test for older fillies and mares. Tom Proctor-trained Cambodia, who pulled off the Yellow Ribbon/Mabee double in 2017, will command attention trying to do it again.
Del Mar Derby, , Grade II $250,000 – Fourteen nominations, among them two fillies, for a race that will be drawn and usually determines the 3-year-old champion of the meeting. River Boyne has won five straight stakes in Southern California with the last being the Derby-prep La Jolla Handicap on August 5.
Del Mar Juvenile Turf, , $100,000 – Plenty of nominations (22) for an event that can provide encouragement toward trying the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in November at Churchill Downs.
Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf, , $100,000 – Again, plenty of nominations (19) for an event that can provide encouragement toward trying the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November at Churchill Downs.
C.E.R.F., , $75,000 – Eleven nominees for the sprint for older fillies and mares. Jeff Bonde-trained Miss Sunset is nominated to defend her race title.
Del Mar Futurity, , Grade I $300,000 – Traditional closing day feature and two-year-old championship looks to be a vintage edition. Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert (Roadster) and Jerry Hollendorfer (Instagrand) appear set to go head-to-head with the marquee babies.
JOCKEY/TRAINER NEWS; PRAT PICKS UP ONE, MILLER PADS LEAD
With a win aboard Painting Corners ($8.60) in second race, defending champion Flavien Prat moved to within two (28-26) of Drayden Van Dyke in the jockey standings.
Van Dyke, who had racked up nine wins in a span of two days and , was blanked for a second straight day, extending his streak to 0-for-11.
Prat is serving the final day of a suspension . His lone scheduled mount will be aboard Battle of Midway in the “designated” Grade II $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes.
Van Dyke is scheduled aboard seven mounts .
Prat’s win on Painting Corners was victory No. 24 of the meeting for trainer Peter Miller, who has a comfortable nine-win advantage over his closest pursuer, Doug O’Neill, entering the final eight days of the meeting.
Miller is seeking his third summer meeting title.
BRILL WORKS IN COMPANY FOR DEBUTANTE
Brill, a $1 million yearling purchase by O X O Equine LLC trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, worked 5 furlongs in :59.80 morning in preparation for the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante one week hence.
Brill broke off three lengths behind stablemate Lesley’s Song and was a length and a half in front at the finish line, track clockers said. Lesley’s Song was timed in 1:00.60.
CLOSERS – Agent Tora Yamaguchi informs that jockey Rafael Bejarano is in Sapporo, Japan for a two-day racing festival this weekend but will be back at Del Mar . Bejarano, who won or shared Del Mar riding titles from 2012-2016, is currently tied for eighth in the standings with 10 wins from 104 mounts … Selected works from 134 officially timed morning: Anonymity (4f, :50.00), Show It N Moe It (4f, :47.00), Brill (5f, :59.80), Edwards Going Left (5f, 1:00.40), Rowayton (5f, 1:00.60), Vasilika (5f, 1:02.20) and Fahan Mura (6f, 1:14.40).