Borrego, multiple graded-stakes performer and runner-up to Lava Man in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), wound up his preparations for Sunday's $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic with a solid five furlong work in 1:01.40 at Santa Anita.Trainer C. Beau Greely said, "It was just what we wanted. He did it very well, and now it's on to the Pacific Classic."
Greely said the 4-year-old son of El Prado would be shipped to Del Mar following training hours Wednesday.
Choctaw Nation, fourth-place finisher in the 2004 Pacific Classic, will complete his work for the race Tuesday with a five furlong work over the seaside oval.
Last year's Pacific Classic runner-up, Perfect Drift, was scheduled to arrive at the California track Monday afternoon following a flight from Louisville, Ky.The 6-year-old gelded son of Dynaformer trained by Murray Johnson has a record of 11 wins, eight seconds and four thirds in 31 career starts, with purse earning of $3,473,040. That means a $600,000 payday for winning the Pacific Classic would send him over the $4 million mark in earnings.
The others expected to line up for the Pacific Classic: Ace Blue, Congrats, Island Fashion, Lava Man, Musique Toujours, Super Frolic and Surf Cat. Surf Cat, as a 3-year-old, gets a seven-pound weight break and will carry 117 pounds, and the mare Island Fashion will get in at 119. All the others will carry 124.
The riding assignments are as follows: Ace Blue, David Flores; Borrego, Garrett Gomez; Choctaw Nation, Victor Espinoza; Congrats, Tyler Baze; Lava Man, Patrick Valenzuela, Musique Toujours, Jorge Chavez; Perfect Drift, Mark Guidry; Super Frolic, Jason Lumpkins; Surf Cat, Alex Solis; and Island Fashion, no rider named yet.