Even the Score Out of Pacific Classic

(from Del Mar notes)
Even the Score, bothered by foot problems, was dropped from consideration for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 22 by trainer Vladimir Cerin Sunday. Another prospect for the race, Olmodavor is extremely questionable, according to trainer Richard Mandella.

Even the Score won both the Mervyn LeRoy and the Californian (both gr. II) at Hollywood Park earlier this year and was third behind Total Impact in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I).

Cerin, known for his brevity, said, "We're out. We're not running." Foot troubles have plagued the 6-year-old son of Unbridled's Song. Cerin said earlier that if he couldn't work the horse on Sunday he wouldn't run.

Olmodavor was all but eliminated from the mix by Mandella.

"I doubt if he'll run," Mandella said Saturday morning. "He looks very tired since coming back from Chicago."

Olmodavor finished a hard-fought second to Eye of the Tiger in the Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) July 31 at Arlington Park.

On the up side, Mandella said Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) champion Pleasantly Perfect is doing well and is on track for the Pacific Classic. The Hall of Fame trainer said his 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony would have his first work since finishing second in Del Mar's San Diego Handicap (gr. II) in the next few days.

Total Impact, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup, continues on schedule to run in the Pacific Classic for trainer Laura de Seroux. The 6-year-old son of Stuka worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:02.80 on the Del Mar main track. De Seroux called it a "maintenance work" as he is pointed for the 1 1/4-mile race to be run Sunday, August 22.

Other horses under consideration include San Diego Handicap winner Choctaw Nation, third-place San Diego finisher During, Eye of the Tiger and Lundy's Liability, a Robert-Frankel trainee who is yet to make his first start in the United States. The Brazilian-bred won the United Arab Emirates Derby at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai in his most recent outing.