Lava Man, winning the California, is favored in the Pacific Classic.

Lava Man, winning the California, is favored in the Pacific Classic.

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Lava Man Favored In Pacific Classic

Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Lava Man and outstanding 3-year-old Surf Cat head a field of 12 assigned post positions Wednesday night for Sunday's 15th  running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I).

Lava Man, the 9-5 morning line favorite to be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, drew post position 4, while Swaps Stakes (gr. II) winner Surf Cat (3-1), with Alex Solis scheduled to ride, was assigned the  5 post for the 1 1/4-mile race, signature event of the Del Mar racing season.

Perfect Drift, the 4-1 third choice ridden by Mark Guidry, drew the exteme outside post position.

Post time for the Pacific Classic will be 4:45 p.m.

The field, in post-position order with morning-line odds, is as follows.
 
1--Polish Times – Kent Desormeaux – 50
2--Choctaw Nation -- Victor Espinoza – 6
3 -- Borrego – Garrett Gomez – 12
4 -- Lava Man – Patrick Valenzuela – 9/5
5 -- Surf Cat – Alex Solis – 3
6 -- Super Frolic – Jason Lumpkins – 30
7 -- Musique Toujours – Jorge Chavez -- 20
8 -- Congrats – Tyler Baze – 10
9 -- Island Fashion – Corey Nakatani – 20
10 -- Oceanus (Brz) – Jose Valdivia, Jr. – 30
11 -- Ace Blue (Brz) – David Flores – 30
12 -- Perfect Drift – Mark Guidry -- 4  

All carry 124 pounds, except for the 3-year-old Surf Cat, who gets a seven-pound weight allowance, and the mare Island Fashion, who receiveds five pounds.