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 Wednesday.

An at-a-glance look at them and prospects based on nominations.

Generous Portion, Wednesday, August 29, $100,000 – A field of 12 was entered Friday. 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, Friday, August 31, $100,000 – Eleven were nominated for the six-furlong sprint for Cal-bred 2-year-olds. Entries will be taken and post positions drawn Sunday. 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, Saturday, September 1, $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 Wednesday’s 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, Saturday, September 1, 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, Sunday, September 2, Grade II $250,000 – Fourteen nominations, among them two fillies, for a race that will be drawn on Thursdayand 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, Sunday, September 2, $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, Monday, September 3, $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., Monday, September 3, $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, Monday, September 3, 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.


With a win aboard Painting Corners ($8.60) in Friday’s 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 on Sunday and Wednesday, was blanked for a second straight day, extending his streak to 0-for-11.

Prat is serving the final day of a suspension Saturday. 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 Saturday.

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, a $1 million yearling purchase by O X O Equine LLC trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, worked 5 furlongs in :59.80 Saturday 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 on Wednesday. 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 Saturday 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).


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