08/28/2012 3:42PM

Del Mar Derby to see faceoff between Howe Great, Old Time Hockey

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Old Time Hockey, with Joe Talamo aboard, wins the La Jolla.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Drop the puck, baby! Howe Great and Old Time Hockey are scheduled to face off on Sunday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Also under consideration for the race are All Squared Away, Brother Francis, Midnight Crooner, My Best Brother, Smart Ellis, and Tones.

My Best Brother, second by a nose to Old Time Hockey in the La Jolla Handicap earlier this month, worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds on Tuesday morning for Canani.

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Also Sunday is the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes, at one mile for 3-year-old fillies, in which Hollywood Oaks winner Potesta should be a heavy favorite against few rivals, including Long Face and possibly Killer Graces, Ricspretentiousgal, and Starlight Magic. The unbeaten Smart and Single will not run, Baffert said.

The $85,000 Adoration Stakes, at one mile for older females, is also Sunday. Candidates for that race include Cathy’s Crunches, Great Hot, Indian Gracey, Top Debutante, and Zafeen’s Pearl.