09/06/2009 2:30PM



IMG_1950 On this day of the 2009 Pacific Classic, this photo is shared in tribute to Go Between, winner of the 2008 Classic, owned by Peter Vesgo, trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Garrett Gomez.

Go Between defeated Well Armed that day by a neck after a grinding run from deep in the field, into Well Armed's comfortable three-quarter split of 1:12 and change. It was a great exhibition of two seasoned old pros doing what they did best. 

Go Between 's death last January, from a some kind of cardiac seizure, was one of those lightning bolts of stark reality that reminds even the toughest practitioners of the breed's fragility. Had Go Between been the same horse this year he was last year, a defense of his Pacific Classic title certainly would have been a target for Mott and Vesgo.

Instead, his memory has been preserved these 12 months by Vegso's colors on the centermost jockey in the Del Mar walking ring, the first thing you see when you enter. At the end of business Sunday, another color pattern will be ready to take its place. For now, even his smallest  fans think he looks pretty good in red and white.