08/03/2011 5:44PM

Del Mar: Preamble extends win streak

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Preamble ($8.20) won his fourth consecutive race, and first start since April, in an optional claimer over seven furlongs in Wednesday's second race.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Preamble closed 2 1-2 lengths on pacesetter Indian Firewater in the final furlong to win by a head over the frontrunner, finishing in 1:22.10. El Martillo finished third. The second and third-place finishers are trained by Bob Baffert.

Richard Mandella trains Preamble, who is owned by Spendthrift Farm. Espinoza saved ground throughout Wednesday's race. Espinoza was forced to pause for a stride or two on the turn while racing in traffic, but Preamble closed steadily to reach the front in time.

A 4-year-old colt, Preamble has won a maiden race and three allowance races or optional claimers during his current streak. He is expected to start in a stakes in his next race, possibly the Grade 1 Pat O'Brien Stakes on Aug. 28.