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Del Mar: Pacific Classic draw
Twirling Candy, the winner of the Grade 2 Californian Stakes in June, is the 5-2 favorite on the morning-line for Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
Trained by John Sadler, Twirling Candy drew post 10 in a field of 11 in the Pacific Classic, the richest race of the year for older horses in California. The Pacific Classic is run over 1 1-4 miles on the Polytrack synthetic surface.
Twirling Candy is a slight choice over Game On Dude, the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap in March. Game On Dude and Twirling Candy finished second and third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup last month, the most recent starts for both horses.
While the Pacific Classic drew 11 entrants, the race may not have that many starters. Trainer Neil Drysdale said that Bourbon Bay could defect to Sunday's $200,000 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3-8 miles on turf. Great Warrior, a 3-year-old, was considered a "50-50" candidate for the Pacific Classic, trainer A.C. Avila said on Wednesday.
Here is a glance at the Pacific Classic entrants, in post position order, with jockeys and morning-line odds set by track oddsmaker Russell Hudak.
1. Don Cavallo, Luis Contreras, 8-1.
2. Jeranimo, Martin Pedroza, 12-1.
3. Stately Victory, Mike Smith, 20-1.
4. Tres Borrachos, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1.
5. Acclamation, Patrick Valenzuela, 5-1.
6. Setsuko, Victor Espinoza, 8-1.
7. Great Warrior, Omar Berrio, 50-1.
8. Bourbon Bay, Joe Talamo, 20-1
9. Game On Dude, Chantal Sutherland, 3-1.
10. Twirling Candy, Joel Rosario, 5-2.
11. Quindici Man, Martin Garcia, 20-1.
The Pacific Classic is the feature race on an 11-race program that begins at 1 p.m.
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