DEL MAR, Calif.— Man Oh Man, a homebred 2-year-old bay colt by Stanford, ran six furlongs on dirt in front all the way into the winners circle with jockey Umberto Rispoli aboard in Del Mar’s feature race on Friday.
With a $57,500 purse in play for a field of eight 2-year-old starter optional claiming horses, the winner broke fast out of the gate and Rispoli guided him through the turn to power home in the stretch. Man Oh Man is owned and was bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and trained by Jonathan Wong.
He ran the distance in 1:11.90 to score by a length and a quarter and pick up his second career win after breaking his maiden back in June. His $36,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed his earnings to $70,900.
The winner was claimed at the end of the race by S3L and new trainer Doug O’Neill for $50,000.
Finishing second was BG Stables or Royalty Stable’s Merit Song, who was a head better than race favorite Let Him Do, owned by Desert Sun Stables.
Man Oh Man paid $6.80, $4.00, and $2.60. Merit Song returned $5.80 and $3.40 and Let Him Do paid $2.40 to show.
The lucky Pick Six Single Ticket Jackpot ticket could not be found today among the bettors and the wager will be carried over to Saturday. The carryover amount is $233,751.
Post time for Saturday is 2 p.m.
Del Mar Press Release
Man Oh Man, (Benoit Photo)