Five Likely For Pacific Classic; Reba's Gold, Outta Here Withdrawn
Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 9:14 PM
Edited from track reports
Posted: Monday, August 18, 2003 6:05 PM
Trainer Dan Hendricks withdrew Reba's Gold from consideration for Sunday's 13th running of the $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles on Del Mar's main track.
"I won't be entering," Hendricks said. "I'll run in the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap at a mile later in the meet [Monday, September 1]."
The defection leaves the list of prospects for the track's signature event at five: Medaglia d'Oro, Milwaukee Brew, Candy Ride, Kudos and Fleetstreet Dancer.
The Robert Frankel-trained pair of Medaglia d'Oro and Milwaukee Brew is expected on the grounds at Del Mar by late this afternoon, according to Frankel assistant Humberto Ascanio. "The horses jogged this morning [at Saratoga Racecourse] before getting on the plane," Ascanio said.
Medaglia d'Oro, a triple-millionaire for owner Edmund Gann of Rancho Santa Fe, is fresh from a victory in Saratoga's Whitney Handicap and is the richest horse in training in North America at $3.2 million. Milwaukee Brew has won the Santa Anita Handicap the past two years for owner Frank Stronach and carries an earnings ledger of $2.8 million. Jerry Bailey will ride Medaglia d'Oro and Edgar Prado has the call on Milwaukee Brew, whom he has ridden in his last five outings.
Milwaukee Brew tuned up for the Pacific Classic with a victory in an allowance race at Monmouth Park August 3, his first start since the Santa Anita Handicap March 1.
The two have been training at Saratoga for the past several weeks, turning in final workouts Saturday. They'll gallop up to the race.
Candy Ride, trained by Ron McAnally for owners Sid and Jenny Craig, has been working at Del Mar throughout the season and appears to have the strongest chance of the other three prospects to defeat the Frankel pair. The Argentine-bred son of Ride the Rails is a perfect 5-for-5 lifetime and comes to the race after victories in his first two starts in this country. Candy Ride captured the grade II American Handicap at Hollywood Park in his most recent start. He had two group I victories in Argentina prior to his purchase by the Craigs in mid-December.
Pacific Classic nominee 3-year-old Outta Here will stay with his own age group and prepare for a possible run at the Del Mar Derby later in the meeting.
He's entered Thursday in an optional claiming/allowance race for 3-year-olds going one mile on the Jimmy Turf Course. "We'll use this race as a prep for the Del Mar Derby," said co-owner and trainer William Currin Monday morning.
Outta Here was scratched from the West Virginia Derby August 9 for lameness, a condition that Currin said was gone the next morning.
In the race with Outta Here are Bis Repetitas, Marina Minister, Winning Stripes and Beyond Infinity, who is in for an $80,000 claiming tag.
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