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– 1st Star: Executiveprivilege (KY) – It’s easy to get carried away with two-year olds, but this one is now three for three and has looked flawless. Her win in the Sorrento Stakes was just another exhibition of her class. Trainer Bob Baffet has called her the female version of Lookin At Lucky, and so far it’s hard to argue with him. There is no question that she is the best 2-year-old filly on the west coast, and you can bet she’s on the course to the Breeders Cup Fillies Juvenile Stakes. She’ll match up with the top fillies from the east coast in that one, but judging from what we’ve seen so far you have to rank her as the favorite for that race.
– 2nd Star: City to City (KY) – City to City has been through the wars in her long career, but it had been six months since she’d won a race. That all changed Sunday as she rallied to take the John C. Mabee Stakes even though rider Corey Nakatani lost the whip during the stretch drive. Without the whip, City to City was still able to rally from fifth to win by a nose on the wire. Her win was very similar to that of Old Time Hockey’s, who also rallied furiously at the end to win by a nose. The win was her fourth graded stakes victory, and eighth overall.
– 3rd Star: Old Time Hockey (FL) – The field for this years La Jolla Handicap was short, but it was a competitive field and Old Time Hockey was just classy enough to get the job on Saturday. Sitting just off the pace throughout the race, Old Time Hockey flew home late just nosing out the heavy favorite in My Best Brother. The win his third in nine races, and his first win in a Graded Stakes. I’m not sure how strong or productive this race will be, but anytime you are winning a graded stakes at Del Mar you are doing something right.
– Nereid (KY) – It wasn’t a great weekend to be John Shirreffs. Nereid was the heavy 3/2 favorite in the John C. Mabee Stakes, but dueled early and faded to dead last. The loss was her sixth in a row, and the fourth time in a row she’s failed to hit the board. It looks like she is well off her best form right now. To make matters worse another John Shirreffs horse, Blingo, was dead last in the La Jolla Handicap on Saturday.
– The Green Flash Handicap – Wednesday – 3 year olds and upward – five furlongs (Turf) – $85,000
– The Sandy Blue Handicap – Friday – 3-year-old fillies – one mile (Turf) – $85,000
– The Del Mar Oaks (Grade 1) – Saturday – 3-year-old fillies – 1 and 1/8th miles (Turf) – $300,000
– The Rancho Bernardo Handicap (Grade 3) – Sunday – fillies and mares, 3 year olds and upward – 6 and 1/2 furlongs – $150,000
– The Solana Beach Handicap – Sunday – CA breds, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and upward – one mile (Turf) – $100,000
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