Even Dozen Entered for Pacific Classic
Updated: Thursday, August 18, 2005 7:34 AM
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2005 8:03 PM
The $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sunday expanded to 12 prospects when outsiders Oceanus and Polish Times joined 10 others as entries closed at mid-morning Wednesday.
The draw for post positions will be held Wednesday night.
The 12-horse field would be the second largest in the 15-year history of Del Mar's 1 1/14-mile signature race of each racing season at the seashore. Fourteen were entered and ran when the 3-year-old Came Home won in 2002.
Oceanus, trained by A.C. Avila, hasn't run since July 31 when he finished second to Touch the Wire in an optional claiming race at Del Mar. The Brazilian-bred, to be ridden by Omar Berrio, has a career record of five victories in 31 lifetime starts with earnings of $75,076.
Polish Times, trained by Nick Hines, finished ninth of 10 as he was in for a claim of $62,500 in a 1 1/8-mile race on the turf. The 8-year-old gelded son of Sea Hero has a lifetime record of 13 wins in 38 starts for earnings of $436,080. Jose Valdivia Jr. has the call on Polish Times.
The rest of the field:
-- Perfect Drift, runner-up last year to Pleasantly Perfect whose earnings are more than $3.4 million;
-- Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Lava Man;
-- Choctaw Nation, two-time winner of Del Mar's San Diego Handicap (gr. II) and fourth in last year's Pacific Classic;
-- Borrego, Congrats and Musique Toujours, 2-3-4 finishers in the Gold Cup;
-- Ace Blue, runner-up in the San Diego;
-- Multiple grade I stakes-winning mare Island Fashion
-- Super Frolic, a newcomer to the barn of Vladimir Cerin
-- Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) winner Surf Cat, who gets a seven-pound weight break as a 3-year-old.
Island Fashion, who will be ridden by Corey Nakatani, gets five pounds off as a mare. All the rest carry 124 pounds.
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