Del Mar Show, attending the pace for the entire trip, moved smartly to the lead and proved best in a long stretch battle to take the $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) over the Saratoga turf Friday. Del Mar Show was sent off the third choice and paid $9.30
The win marked the fourth time in the last five years that trainer Bill Mott took the race. Jerry Bailey was the winning rider. Volponi steamed to the early lead in the nine-furlong contest, with Del Mar Show and favorite Forbidden Apple in hot pursuit. Volponi opened a one-length lead in the clubhouse turn, but Bailey sensed soft fractions and put Del Mar Show up alongside entering the backstretch. The early fractions ticked off in :23.87 and :48.92.
After a mile in 1:12.80, Del Mar Show took command turning for home as Volponi on the inside and Forbidden Apple just outside clustered ever closer coming down the lane. Del Mar Show, coming off a victory at Rockingham, held on guttily to win by a head. Volponi was a nose quicker than Forbidden Apple for the place. Final time was 1:48.51.
Del Mar Show went over the $700,000 mark in lifetime earnings with the win. He is owned by the Allen Paulson Living Trust, who bred the son of Theatrical out of the Foolish Pleasure mare Prankstress.