Cal-Breds Kick off Stakes Action in Week Two at Del Mar

July 25, 2022

DEL MAR, Calif.— The first of eight Golden State Series races scheduled for this summer at Del Mar will be run Thursday when a group of 3-year old fillies take center stage in the 37th running of the $175,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar. The seven-furlong dirt race is restricted to Cal-breds or California-sired fillies.

Trainer Phil D’Amato swings a tough one-two punch with Connie Swingle and Rose Dawson, both owned and bred by Nick Alexander. Connie Swingle, a daughter of top California sire Grazen, has finished first or second in all six of her career starts, winning the General Portion as a 2-year-old here at Del Mar last summer. She missed by a head in her 3-year-old debut, the Evening Jewel at Santa Anita in April, but rebounded from that loss with two straight allowance victories. Connie Swingle drew Post 7 and will be ridden by Kyle Frey.

Rose Dawson was runner-up to her stablemate last out, an open allowance at Santa Anita in June. She had won the one-mile, $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita in her 3-year-old debut in January. She’s drawn the inside post in the eight-horse field and will be ridden by Ramon Vazquez.

Trainer Bob Baffert hopes to upset the D’Amato/Alexander duo when he sends out Fun to Dream, a six-length winner in her career debut, a maiden special weight at Santa Anita. The daughter of Arrogate will break from Post 5. Juan Hernandez will ride.

Larry Williams’ Tam’s Little Angel ships in from Northern California riding a two-race win streak. She wired the field in the mile and a sixteenth $75,000 She’s A Tiger Stakes at Pleasanton exactly one month after blasting a group of entry-level allowance runners by five lengths at Golden Gate Fields.

The Fleet Treat goes off as Race 7 on Thursday’s eight-race program.

Del Mar Press Release

Photo: Connie Swingle (Benoit Photo)

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