DEL MAR, Calif.— All eyes will be looking to the heavens Saturday in hopes the skies will clear and racing can return to the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Especially those connections with horses entered in the $100,000 Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar.
A field of 11 2-year-old fillies is entered in hopes the race remains on the turf. Phil D’Amato has a trio of fillies ready to go, led by Comanche Country, who won her U.S. debut at Del Mar in July.
“She’s doing well,” D’Amato says. “She’s been maintaining, pointing to this race.”
Comanche Country will vie for favoritism in the race with Havana Angel, a European import from the Leonard Powell barn. D’Amato has a couple of his own Euros making their U.S. debuts in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Thebestisyettobe and Excelia.
“Both have been here for a couple weeks,” D’Amato says, “acclimating and breezing a few times so I look forward to seeing what they can do.”
Here’s the field from the rail with the jockeys and morning line odds: Cahuilla (Ryan Curatolo, 20-1); Sally’s Sassy (Ricardo Gonzalez, 12-1); Candy Caramel (Hector Berrios, 12-1); Excelia (Ramon Vazquez, 8-1); Thebestisyettobe (Flavien Prat, 4-1); Havana Angel (Juan Hernandez, 5/2); Comanche Country (Umberto Rispoli, 3-1); Queenzy (Mike Smith, 8-1); Sell the Dream (Abel Cedillo, 6-1); Court Snort (Mario Gutierrez, 20-1), and Pride of the Nile (Kyle Frey, 20-1).
DMTC Press Release
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