Delmar — Trainer John Silevs has never won the Grade I Pacific Classic, Delmar’s signature race, but judging by Saturday’s $ 250,000 Grade II San Diego handicap, this year could be his year. There is.
The Sirefs-trained express train on which Juan Hernandez rides won a long duel between runner-up Tripoli and third-place finisher Royal Ship (8-5 favorite).Delmar
However, Mr. Sirefs said the express trains were too successful on the main surface of Delmar.
“Delmar is really great. It’s a great place to race, but I think the situation (of the race) makes a difference more than the place,” said the man who led the great Zenyatta to the 19-1 life record. Told. “As you know, travel, how he participates in the race, how he is doing mentally, all the little distractions that may or may not happen. That is the final I think it will probably play a bigger role in the results. ”
Sirefs only started four horses in the Pacific Classic, and his best achievement was that Midcourt finished third in last summer’s edition. Saturday’s victory was his second victory at the San Diego Handicap, following Giacomo’s victory in 2006.
If the express train got out of the race in good shape, Sirefs firmly yes when asked if the 4-year-old Union Rags Colt would run on August 21st and be directed to the Pacific Classic carrying $ 750,000 this year. Gave the wallet.
Lee Ceiling of CRK Stable, who owns an express train in partnership with his wife Susan, loves the variety of his horses.
“We got a horse that could go 11/4 and 11/16 miles,” he said. “Huan gave him a good ride.”
With a San Diego handicap of 11/16 miles, the express train chased pacesetter Lucier (22.97, 47.16, 1: 12.23) from second to last, stopping stretches to take the lead and halving Tripoli. I suppressed it. The length to the royal ship was another three-quarters.
The final time was 1: 43.37.
“I thought he was in a good place,” Sirefs said. “He got out of the gate well, got a good forward position and was outside Lucier. I thought it was a good place for him. He had no worries or ranks, so he just comfortably that. Stayed in position. When Juan asked him, he answered very well. ”
In the afternoon, Sirefs won his second victory in front of 11,765 spectators after winning 4-1 against Pelican Way under Ricardo Gonzalez.
Joe Bravo led the Ippoda Meir girl to a come-from-behind victory in a $ 80,000 mare and mare race on a mile of grass.
Ippodamia’s Girl, 6-1 and fourth betting choice, gathered from 7th to the back in the field of 9 horses, beating Brook in half the length. 5-2’s favorite Tapwater finished in 3rd place.
The victory was the fifth with a 17-time start of the 6-year-old Stormy Atlantic Mare. Richard Baltas took over the training work in March, so she won two out of four. The last time was 1: 35.30.
The victory gave Bravo his first riding double in Southern California. He also won the race before Osnitas on Ginobili. Bartas trains both horses.
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