Diversy Harbor Tops $200,000 San Clemente Field
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Fri 18/07/2014 - 10:15 EDT
Three-year-old fillies will take to the grass where the surf meets the turf at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Saturday in the $200,000 San Clemente Handicap. The Grade 2 event will be run at one mile on the turf and has drawn a full field of twelve.
The morning line favorite at odds of 7-2 is Diversy Harbor, a three-year-old bay daughter of Curlin. Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Mike Smith, she was last seen finishing second in the American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita in May. From five starts, she has two wins, two seconds and one third place finish and will be trying to earn her first graded stakes triumph. She will break from post position four.
Mark Casse tries to continue his hot streak
Breaking from the outside in the field of twelve is My Conquistadory, set at 9-2 on the morning line. A daughter of Artie Schiller who fetched $240,000 as a two-year-old, she has two graded stakes victories from only four starts. Trained by Mark Casse, she will have Victor Espinoza in the irons for the first time after placing in the Selene Stakes (G3) in her sophomore debut.
Globe-trotting Sandiva set for United States debut
Sandiva (IRE) will make her United States debut and first start for trainer Michael McCarthy. An Irish-bred daughter of Footstepsinthesand (GB), she has won races in England, Ireland and France and is a two-time Group 3 stakes winner. She was fifth in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and will have Martin Garcia aboard for the first time.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.