Colonial Colony Added to Pacific Classic Field

(from Del Mar notes)
Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) victor Colonial Colony has entered the picture for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 22.

The Walter Bidner-trained Colonial Colony nipped Southern Image, a winner of five in a row, in the 1 1/8-mile Foster at odds of 30-1. He also beat Peace Rules and Perfect Drift in the Foster.

In his most recent start, Colonial Colony finished fourth behind Eye of the Tiger as the 8-5 choice in the Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) at Arlington Park July 31.

Colonial Colony's entrance into the 1 1/4-mile headliner was confirmed Monday morning by Del Mar stakes coordinator Zachary Soto.

The addition of Colonial Colony increases the Pacific Classic prospects to at least five.

Pleasantly Perfect, the winner of the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and 2004 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), heads a short list. Also expected are Choctaw Nation, who defeated Pleasantly Perfect in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Total Impact, and During, who was third in the San Diego.

Choctaw Nation put in a solid half-mile work Monday morning in 48 2/5. Trainer Jeff Mullins said the work was perfect, and that the 4-year-old son of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze would work five furlongs Aug. 16.

"He's right on track for the race," Mullins said.

Amy Mullins was aboard for the work.

Total Impact is scheduled to work at Del Mar on Wednesday. Trainer Laura de Seroux has said the 6-year-old Chilean-bred would go six furlongs with blinkers on.

Nominations for the 14th running of Del Mar's signature event close on Thursday.