Elektrum won the John C. Mabee at Del Mar Aug. 8.

Elektrum won the John C. Mabee at Del Mar Aug. 8.

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Elektrum Brings Class to Red Carpet 'Cap

Daughter of High Chaparral is a grade II winner and a grade I runner-up.

A step down in class should make Hronis Racing's Elektrum a formidable favorite in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 21 at Del Mar.

Fourth last time out as the even-money favorite in the Goldikova (gr. IIT) Nov. 1 at Del Mar, the 4-year-old daughter of High Chaparral trained by John Sadler finished second in the Rodeo Drive (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Sept. 26 and earned her first graded score three back in the John C. Mabee (gr. IIT) at Del Mar Aug. 8. Elektrum will carry the top weight of 122 pounds with jockey Victor Espinoza aboard Saturday.

BALAN: Elektrum Makes Grade in Mabee

What Elektrum doesn't have is experience at the Red Carpet's 1 3/8-mile distance, an aspect that could bolster the cases for some of the other contenders in the overflow field.

Team Valor International's Three Hearts is the only entrant to win a graded stakes at 1 3/8 miles, when the daughter of Hat Trick took last year's Red Carpet at 29-1 odds, but she hasn't won in six starts since.

SHINAR: Three Hearts Breaks Through in Red Carpet

The three other graded stakes winners in the fieldCustomer Base, Personal Diary, and Rusty Slipperare also carrying significant winless streaks at the graded level.

Rusty Slipper ships in from the East Coast for Graham Motion following a win in the Glen Hill Farm One Dreamer Stakes two starts back at Kentucky Downs, but her last graded score came in last year's Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT). Personal Diary's lone victory against winners is the 2014 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT), and Customer Base last won 12 starts back in the 2013 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT).

Entries: Red Carpet H. (G3T)

Del Mar, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Race 8

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 3/8m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:59 PM (local)
11Energia Fribby (BRZ)Keeneland Sales GraduateGary L. Stevens115Neil D. Drysdale12/1
22Three Hearts (KY)Joseph Talamo119Neil D. Drysdale10/1
33Tiz Kissable (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Baze115Tim McCanna30/1
44Beat of The Drum (IRE)Brice Blanc117Leonard Powell12/1
55Trophee (FR)James Graham116Christophe Clement7/2
66Star Act (KY)Rafael Bejarano116Art Sherman8/1
77Havanna Belle (IRE)David Charles Lopez113Philip D'Amato20/1
88Customer Base (KY)Mike E. Smith117Thomas F. Proctor15/1
99Elektrum (IRE)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor Espinoza122John W. Sadler3/1
1010Personal Diary (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey S. Nakatani119Victoria H. Oliver9/2
1111Rusty Slipper (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateSilvestre de Sousa118H. Graham Motion5/1
1212Soresca (IRE)Santiago Gonzalez113James M. Cassidy30/1