08/07/2013 4:33PM

Del Mar: Freakin Rocket gets second chance in La Jolla

Benoit & Associates
The La Jolla at 1 1/16 miles on turf will be the longest race for Freakin Rocket.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Proven in sprints, Freakin Rocket will be given a second opportunity to show he can run around two turns in Saturday’s $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar.

After winning a maiden claimer and an allowance race at Betfair Hollywood Park in the spring in his first two starts, Freakin Rocket was third after a wide trip in a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar on July 17. The Oceanside was Freakin Rocket’s first start at a mile and first race on turf.

Owned by Mercedes Stable and trained by Tim Yakteen, Freakin Rocket was beaten 1 1/4 lengths. The La Jolla is run over 1 1/16 on turf for 3-year-olds.

“I think he’ll benefit from the race last time,” Yakteen said. “If he wins this weekend, he’ll either validate that he’s a two-turn horse or he’ll tell us he’s a sprinter.”

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Freakin Rocket is part of a projected field of nine in the Grade 2 La Jolla, a prep for the $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 1. The La Jolla field is expected to include the stakes winners Den’s Legacy, Dice Flavor, Dry Summer, and Rosengold.

Freakin Rocket is quick, but Yakteen said he would like the colt to stalk expected pacesetter Rosengold. Yakteen, who won his first Grade 1 when Points Offthebench won the Bing Crosby Stakes on July 28, expects Freakin Rocket to rebound.

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“You’re disappointed because of the loss,” he said of the Oceanside. “They’re not all Zenyattas. You want to see the wins continue.”

Micahdog More than 1 year ago
# 5 GREELEY AWESOME. Early ML was 15-1 . That'll never happen. 23.05 inside and finished out in 22.9 with 3 lbs off opening day Oceanside 1st edition. That's net fig of 11.15. Sadler had ready and Leparoux gave great ride to just miss at 14-1. Watch the replay. No miss on Saturday ! Needs fast pace but IF PRICE worth the risk at 8-1 or more. This one can move up big time. Good luck to all ! http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/race-replays/USA/DMR/2013/7/17/6/oceanside-s
John More than 1 year ago
This horse got a BRUTAL trip ! I finised ahead of him but when I watched the replay, I said to myself, you were very lucky ! Very bettable on Saturday, and one thing, he wont be favored so Brad Free cant put the "kybosh" on him !
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I feel they should use his greatest asset. His speed. I don't think he can out-kick a few of these. Let him roll and see what happens.