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DEL MAR, CA – Jay Em Ess Stable’s Take the One O One continued providing great dividends from his relatively modest $47,000 purchase price by winning his second straight stakes event on Friday in the $150,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar.
Breaking well from post 2 as the even-money favorite under Joe Talamo, Take the One O One settled along the inside early while Smiling Angelo raced ahead of him in the 2-path and led through opening splits of :22.57 and :44.99. Nearing the 1/4 pole in the far turn, Take the One O One moved forward through the opening along the leader’s inside and emerged onto the top of the stretch with a length advantage. Set down for the run to the wire, Take the One O One cleared Smiling Angelo and then held off a late bid from Daddysprize to win by a 1/2-length in a final time of 1:23.40 for the 7-furlong main track sprint.
“I thought I was going to go outside in this one, but the way the race set up, I was down inside,” Talamo said. “He was comfortable in there and we weren’t getting any kickback. At the 3/8 (pole), I asked him, and he went. He was all runner from there.”
Shaymin used an inside trip to get up late for third by a length over Fashionably Fast, while Smiling Angelo faded late and crossed in fifth. Isee It in Hiseyes and Violent Ridge never factored into the running and completed the order of finish. Psycho Dar was scratched and will run instead in an allowance event on Sunday.
Take the One O One’s win over the Del Mar dirt followed his stakes maiden-breaking effort last out in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at 1 1/8 miles over the Santa Anita turf course. The Brian Koriner-trained 3-year-old son of Acclamation now carries a record of 9-4-1-3 with earnings of $341,181.
“I think the horse really wants to go a lot farther,” Koriner said. “The plan was to go to the (Grade 2) Del Mar Derby. So we’ll figure it out and see where we go from here.”
Take the One O One returned $4.20 to win, $2.80 to place, and $2.60 to show. Daddysprize brought back $4.40 to place and $3.20 to show, while Shaymin paid $7 to show.
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