Passified Tries Super Freaky Again in San Clemente

Passified Tries Super Freaky Again in San Clemente
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Flawlessly winner Passified hopes to turn the tables on Super Freaky in the San Clemente Handicap.
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From Del Mar track notes

Trainer Jim Cassidy hasn't had much luck beating Super Freaky, losing to her three times with Passified, but he's hopeful Saturday will bring a different result in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on the turf at Del Mar.

Passified won the one-mile Flawlessly in her last start on the Hollywood Park lawn July 6.

“The way I look at it,” Cassidy said Thursday morning, “we just have to rate a little bit like we did last time (in the Flawlessly). There’s plenty of speed in the race. We were able to rate her last time, and I hope we can do that again.”

Mike Smith, who has ridden her in four of her last five outings, gets the call again. Cassidy said he was pleased with the filly’s No. 3 post position, where she shouldn't have to lose much ground.

“She’s been a very straightforward filly," Cassidy said. "She does get a little keen in the afternoon at the races. Other than that, she’s pretty quiet and pretty easy to be around. But she does know what to do when she goes to the races.”

He said he’s hoping that type of attitude will earn her a place in the $400,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Aug. 18.

Passified will be part of a full field of 10 fillies in the San Clemente.

Super Freaky has finished second to the standout filly Valbenny in her last two starts, the Senorita (gr. IIIT) and the Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT, both on the Hollywood Park grass. Prior to that Super Freaky won the La Habra and Providencia (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita lawn. The daughter of Super Strike, trained by Doug O'Neill, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 over the Del Mar Polytrack July 22.

Jon Court, Super Freaky's regular rider, expects her to be ready Saturday.

“She’s good to go," he said. "In her last two races, she gave valiant efforts. She just keeps progressing each time. It’s just a matter of racing luck and the plan coming together that will help her finish first.”

Trainer Barry Abrams, known for some unorthodox training tactics, said Thursday morning he was thrilled with Spenditallbaby’s outside post. “She’s doing great and the 10 hole is good for her. It will let her get good position as the others are going out fast, and then she can go from there,” he said. “I’m excited about the race and how she’s doing.”

$150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT, Race 9, 6 p.m.), 3-Year-Old Fillies, 1 Mile (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Eclisse (FR), 115, Joel Rosario
2. Mostbeautifulstorm (KY), 115, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
3. Passified (GB), 119, Mike E. Smith
4. Tremendous One (FL), 114, Alex O. Solis
5. Pinata (KY), 114, Martin A. Pedroza
6. Diva's Seastar (KY), 116, Brice Blanc
7. Super Freaky (FL), 120, Jon K. Court
8. Private Dreams (KY), 114, Victor Espinoza
9. La Tee (WA), 114, David R. Flores
10. Spenditallbaby (CA), 118, Michael C. Baze
Also Eligible
11. Fleet Caroline (KY), 114, Joseph Talamo
12. Honnete (FL), 114, David R. Flores

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