Del Mar celebrates Pacific Classic Weekend with Seven Graded Stakes
DEL MAR, Calif. – To kick off TVG Pacific Classic Weekend featuring seven graded stakes, Del Mar offers the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (GIII) as the opening act on Friday. The race will anchor a 10 race card and features a field of eight fillies and mares going 6-1/2 furlongs.
A favorite for the race is KMN Racing, LLC‘s California homebred Sneaking Out at 8/5. The 4-year-old daughter of Indian Evening out of Kitten’s Joy mare Maddie’s Odyssey is trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and will have hot jockey Umberto Rispoli in the irons breaking from post no. 5.
The bay filly is two for three on the year with her last win being the $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes (GII) July 4 at Los Alamedos when she upset Bellafina with a blistering Equibase Speed Figure of 107.
Pantofel Stable LLC, Wachtel Stable or Deutsch, Unique Factor goes off at 4/1 for trainer Peter Miller. The 4-year-old stakes-experienced filly last won in an allowance in June having also run in the Winning Colors G3 at Churchill May 30 and the Madison G1 at Keeneland July 11 placing fourth and sixth respectively.
With eight starts for the year Unique Factor has one win, two seconds and two thirds all with respectable ESFs in the 90s. She will break from gate 8 under jockey Flavien Prat.
The daughter of The Factor out of Broken Vow mare Try to Catch Her was bred in Kentucky by Sebastien G Murat, Martin Keogh, Justin Wojczynski & Gemma Freeman.
At 5/1 is Richard Mandella trained Amuse. The 5-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare out of Distorted Humor mare Witty last finished third to Bellafina in the Great Lady M Stakes on July 4 with Artistic Diva, conditioned by John Sadler, in fourth.
The Kentucky bred owned by
Claiborne Farm, Bass or Dilschneider, et al will break from post no. 6 with Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle.
$100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (GIII) Field
Post, horse, sire, jockey, trainer, owner, MLO
1. Gingham (Quality Road) – Mike Smith – Bob Baffert – Kelly or Wiltz – 6/1
2. Into Chocolate (Into Mischief) – Abel Cedillo – Clifford Sise, Jr. – Pam & Martin Wygod – 8/1
3. Mother of Dragons (First Dude) – Ricardo Gonzalez – Andreas Psarras – Andreas Psarras – 12/1
4. Artistic Diva (Munnings) – Ruben Fuentes – John Sadler – Hronis Racing, LLC – 8/1
5. Sneaking Out (Indian Evening) – Umbert Rispoli – Jerry Hollendorfer – KMN Racing, LLC – 8/5
6. Amuse (Medaglia d’Oro) – Drayden Van Dyke – Richard Mandella – Claiborne Farm, Bass or Dilschneider, et al – 5/1
7. Mucho Amor (Mucho Macho Man) – Juan Hernandez – Blaine Wright – Ten Broeck Farm, Inc. – 15/1
8. Unique Factor (The Factor) – Flavien Prat – Peter Miller – Pantofel Stable LLC, Wachtel Stable or Deutsch – 4/1
Danuska’s My Girl wins 2019 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (Grade III)
First post Friday is 2:00 p.m. Pacific time. The Rancho Bernardo Handicap (GIII), Race 9, goes off at 6:00 p.m. PT, 9:00 p.m. ET.
Del Mar Entries for Friday, August 21
Photo: Sneaking Out beats Bellafina to the wire in the Great Lady M Stakes (GII) July 4 at Los Alamedos. Credit: Benoit