08/18/2002 11:00PM

Del Mar: Disturbingthepeace doubles up


DEL MAR, Calif. - Disturbingthepeace became the first horse since 1991 to sweep Del Mar's major stakes races for sprinters with a hard-fought victory over Hot Market in the $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap.

The victory was the sixth straight for Disturbingthepeace, who has steadily progressed from a California-bred allowance sprinter to the West's best around one turn. But the 3-5 favorite gave his backers, and trainer Darrell Vienna, some anxious moments, because Hot Market would not go quietly.

Disturbingthepeace stalked the early pace of Hot Market and gained the lead turning into the stretch, but Hot Market did not yield. Disturbingthepeace was always in front narrowly through the final furlong, and he won by a head under jockey Victor Espinoza.

Disturbingthepeace was timed in 1:21.89 for seven furlongs on the fast main track. He also won the six-furlong Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap earlier in the meet, a feat last accomplished by Bruno 11 years ago.