08/07/2013 5:01PM

Del Mar: Delegation invading from Canada for Pacific Classic

Michael Burns
Delegation sets a Woodbine track record in the Dominion Day Stakes.

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DEL MAR, Calif. - Delegation, winner of the Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine in track-record time July 1, will run in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 25, trainer Mark Casse said.

Owned by Southern California resident Gary Barber, Delegation, a 4-year-old gelding by Speightstown, won the Dominion Day by 9  1/4 lengths, leading throughout. He finished 1 1/4 miles on a Polytrack synthetic surface in 2:01.51.

“It was a track record, and he won easy,” Casse said.

The presence of Delegation may affect the pace scenario of the Pacific Classic, which is run over 1 1/4 miles. If Delegation races near the front, he could be joined in that position by top California older horse Game On Dude, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup last month.

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“Our horse loves to get out and go,” Casse said.

Game On Dude, unbeaten in four starts this year, including the Santa Anita Handicap in March, worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 on Wednesday, the fastest of eight works at the distance.

Other probable starters for the Pacific Classic are Dullahan, Farraaj, Jeranimo, Kettle Corn, and Richard’s Kid, the winner of the Cougar II Handicap on July 26. Wednesday, Richard’s Kid worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds.

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Trainer A.C. Avila said that Holding Glory, a Brazilian Group  1 winner earlier this year who was second in his United States debut last weekend, is more likely for the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap on turf on Aug. 24 than the Pacific Classic.

urz4free More than 1 year ago
Dullahan is a BIG race specialist.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Is this shaping up to be the best Pac Classic ever?
Don Thomson More than 1 year ago
B More than 1 year ago
It took a long time, but I'm a Dude fan now and am hoping for a big win despite the synthetic and even more importantly, the loss of Mike Smith. There is certainly nothing wrong with Rosario, but this is not the race to try a new jock, but they didn't get to vote. I think GOD is improving the older he gets and hopefully will run to his best, but there are a few legitimate arguments against him winning this.
Tom Fritzsche More than 1 year ago
I like to choose against any past years winner........but Dullahan takes it again......a synthetic savant
Ian King More than 1 year ago
I'm not surprise Delegation turn out to be a top class stayer, i told my brother who play every thing Husbands ride last Breeders Cup the mile was too short for him considering he had previously ran 1.1/8 m in 1.48.2 with the mile split in 136. and required 135. to win.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
not sure who gave you a thumbs down.
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
The one thing we don't have to worry about is that Game On Dude will duck horses and not run even if this isn't on dirt like our HOTY like to do , we can count on the Dude to being his game , He DUCKS NO ONE , GAME ON !!!!
Mark More than 1 year ago
dude really ?
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
Let the Dude try grass Jim. Oh, he doesn't like grass. Oh well, no HOTY for him.
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
Let Dan try G1 at 1 1/8 or 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 on the dirt , oh I sorry he can only beat Turf Milers
Mark More than 1 year ago
Jim who won the 2011 grade 1 clark handicap on dirt ?
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
Dan won ! And has not been any further than 9f two time and u can only account for the Clark in 2011 the Reserve was on turf he's never return to dirt or has gone any further , just a very good turf miler Game On Dude has run in more G1 pass a 1 1/8 than Dan has won , so let Dan stay where he belongs Turf Mile , when ever Dan can run against Top G1 horses at a 1 1/4 he's in the Dude league , right now Dan can only fill the Dude water bucket up with his 7 G1s Lol
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
254 Eclipse voters said otherWise - Jim.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Let dude actually win a grade 1 outside California and/ or win the BC classic on his home track . Oh wait he can't . O fer on both accounts.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! Please please please GOD, let me be the only one who actually wants to own Game On Dude and the $5,000,000 he has already banked. (In my wildest dreams) To hear people talk it would seem he is worth -$5,000,000. :-))
Mark More than 1 year ago
Doesn't make him best older horse in country. Period.
Don Thomson More than 1 year ago
Funny, they ran the top handicap race of the year last weekend at saratoga, and most of the top horses were there. I dont recall seeing Game on Dudes name anywhere on that list. I guess they all must have been ducking him to run in the Whitney instead of shipping west
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
Ur right the dude name was on the list but there no reason to go east to beat up on some of the top horse as us said that he has already beaten , and the TVG Classic is more money , he's a gelding he makes his money on the track , these same top horses didn't go mid- east when the left California and when to the Charlestown Classic for 1 million guaranteed to the won , I guess there didn't want the money !!!!!!! LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delegation has one of the nicest strides I've ever seen, beautiful horse and all business. One of my favorite horses in training in the US.
Greg Hopper More than 1 year ago
He trains in Canada ;)
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Why are people thumbing down Greg's answer. He is based in Canada at Woodbine and trains and races there. So Greg is correct.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
He is based at Woodbine for Mark Casse. Trains there, and races there.
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
Game On Dude due to run a clunker. May not hit the board at Del Mar. Smith was smart to take Royal Delta !!!!
Greg Hopper More than 1 year ago
Smith took Royal Delta due to a commitment not based on handicapping the DMR race
martymar . More than 1 year ago
Good luck to delegation and his connections, If he can avoid getting into a speed duel with Game on Dude, delegation can take it. Any idea who the jockey is going to be?
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Delegation all day baby!!