Lava Man, unbeaten in five races this year, including victories in the Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup (both gr. I), has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's 16th running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.
Lava Man, who will be ridden by Corey Nakatani for trainer Doug O'Neill, , drew post position number 2 in an eight-horse field entered for the 1 1/4-mile test, Del Mar's signature race.
Next on the morning line at 3-1 is the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and hero of the recent San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Giacomo. Magnum is 5-1; Perfect Drift, 6-1; Super Frolic, 8-1; Good Reward, 10-1; Preachinatthebar, 12-1, and Top This and That, 20-1.
Post-time for the Pacific Classic will be approximately 4:43 p.m. Sunday.$1 Million Pacific Classic (gr. I), 3 & Up, 1 1/4 Miles
1 – Top This and That – Jose Valdivia, Jr.
2 – Lava Man – Corey Nakatani
3 – Preachinatthebar – Victor Espinoza
4 – Giacomo – Mike Smith
5 – Magnum (Arg) – Alex Solis
6 – Perfect Drift – Mark Guidry
7 – Super Frolic – Jon Court
8 - Good Reward - Garrett Gomez