Timboroa, winning the Del Mar Handicap.

Timboroa, winning the Del Mar Handicap.

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Timboroa Averts Northern Quest's Repeat Bid as Frankel Trainees Finish 1-2-3

Timboroa held off defending Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Northern Quest and Super Quercus to win the $250,000 Del Mar feature as Bobby Frankel-trained horses filled the top three finishing positions in the 1 3/8-mile turf test at Del Mar Saturday.

Kudos opened up a 4-1/2 length lead under Eddie Delahoussaye before Timboroa moved up to challenge as Kudos slowed to run the opening half-mile in :48.66. Those two remained heads apart after six furlongs in 1:13.38 and a mile in 1:37.60 on the firm turf course. Timboroa then moved to the lead as the pacesetter tired and held off the late kick of his stablemates in the stretch, completing the distance in 2:12.59.

"I had a perfect trip. It was a good race," said winning rider Laffit Pincay Jr. "It feels great to ride a really good horse like this; one who tries as hard as he can."

Northern Quest finished a length behind the winner and a half-length ahead of Super Quercus. Falcon Flight, Cagney, Kudos, and Sumati completed the order of finish.

Edmund Gann's Timboroa, carrying 118 pounds, paid $8.80, $4.40,and $4.80. The coupled entry of Northern Quest and Super Quercus returned $3.20 and $2.80. The $1 all Frankel exacta paid $11.90.

The win marks the second in a North American stakes for Timboroa (Salse -- Kisumu, by Damister), who won a group I stakes race in Italy last year. The 5-year-old won the Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita last year and finished second in the Fastness Handicap (gr. IIIT) and third in the Charles Whittingham Handicap (gr. IT), both at Hollywood Park. He earned $150,000 for the win, his ninth in 21 career starts. The winner was bred in Great Britain by Angmering Park Stud. (Chart, Equibase)