Dozen Appear Solid for Pacific Classic
A dozen older horses remain solidly committed to competing in Del Mar's signature race, the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 24.
The 1 1/4-mile Polytrack test is a "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge race with the winner getting an automatic spot in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Oct. 25 at Santa Anita, site of the two days of Breeders' Cup championship races.
All older horses will carry 124 pounds in the Pacific Classic; 3-year-olds get in with 117 pounds. Twenty-three horses, including three 3-year-olds, were nominated at closing Thursday.
Here's how the 12 likely runners shape up:
Horse -- Trainer -- Jockey
Awesome Gem -- Craig Dollase -- Tyler Baze
Barcola -- Mark Hennig -- Corey Nakatani
Delosvientos -- Giuseppe Iadisernia -- Eibar Coa
Go Between -- William I. Mott -- Garrett Gomez
Mast Track -- Robert Frankel -- Mike Smith
McCann's Mojave -- Steven Specht -- Julio Garcia
Mostacolli Mort -- Julio Canani -- Victor Espinoza
Out of Control -- Robert Frankel -- Rafael Bejarano
Student Council -- Steven Asmussen -- Shaun Bridgmohan
Surf Cat -- Bruce Headley -- David Flores
Well Armed -- Eoin Harty -- Aaron Gryder
Zappa -- John Sadler -- No rider named
The 3-year-olds nominated are Colonel John, Tres Borrachos, and Dixie Chatter, with the first two being pointed for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 23 at Saratoga. Dixie Chatter is training toward the Del Mar Derby.
The other older horses nominated and not likely to run are Champs Elysees, entered in Saturday's Sword Dancer Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga; Curlin, who is heading to Saratoga's Woodward (gr. I) Aug. 30; Dominican, Informed, Lewis Michael, Perfect Drift, Stream Cat, and Tissy Fit.
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