Michael House's Irish-bred Hunt, victorious in the 1 1/8-mile Eddie Read Stakes (G2T) a month ago, confirmed his quality Aug. 19 in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap Presented by The Japan Racing Association (G2T) at Del Mar.
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Michael House's Hunt provided a moment of drama in the stretch, but even a blocked-off trip wasn't enough to prevent the Dark Angel gelding from winning his first graded race.
Ashleyluvssugar, last out winner of the grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes, is set as the highweight in a field of seven for Del Mar's Eddie Read Stakes (G2T) July 22.
In a perfectly timed ride, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens guided Ashleyluvssugar to a second victory in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2T) May 28, run at 1 1/4 miles over Santa Anita Park's turf course.
Trainer Jeff Mullins admits a rough run of second-place finishes with Itsinthepost were hard to swallow, but the payoff ended up being worth it.