08/11/2013 2:04PM

Del Mar notes: Byrama might go in Pacific Classic

Benoit & Associates
Byrama, the winner of the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap in June, is a candidate for the Grade 1 Pacific Classic on Aug. 25.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Byrama, the winner of the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in June, might start in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 25, trainer Simon Callaghan said over the weekend.

Callaghan emphasized that Byrama is not a definite for the Pacific Classic and could stay in the older-female division, but he added that another race on the Polytrack synthetic surface here is being strongly considered.

“It’s 50-50,” he said. “She loves this track, and I think she can get the distance.”

Byrama finished a troubled third behind Lady of Fifty in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes here Aug. 3. Lady of Fifty, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, worked a half-mile in 48 seconds Sunday.

Hollendorfer said Lady of Fifty will be nominated for the Pacific Classic, but he doubted she would run. He said he would prefer to wait for the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes over 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares at Santa Anita on Sept. 28. The Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes is a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in November, the main goal for Lady of Fifty later this year.

“She runs really good fresh,” he said. “If we wait until Santa Anita, she’ll be fresh. If we’re good enough, we’ll go in the big race.”

The list of candidates for the Pacific Classic is led by Hollywood Gold Cup winner Game On Dude as well as the stakes winners Delegation, Dullahan, Farraaj, Jeranimo, Kettle Corn, Richard’s Kid, and possibly the recent optional-claimer winner You Know I Know.

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Doinghardtimeagain to go in Del Mar Oaks

Hollendorfer’s leading 3-year-old filly this year has been Doinghardtimeagain, the winner of three stakes at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park.

Doinghardtimeagain was fourth as the 3-5 favorite in the Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred fillies over seven furlongs July 27, a loss that Hollendorfer blamed on “bad training.”

He is not wasting time trying Doinghardtimeagain in another race. She is scheduled to start in Saturday’s $300,000 Del Mar Oaks over 1 1/8 miles on turf, her first start on the surface.

“She’s worked good on the turf,” Hollendorfer said. “Good horses can adapt to the surroundings.”

Owned by Tom and Debbie Stull, Doinghardtimeagain has won 5 of 10 starts and $586,490. The Del Mar Oaks will be her first start in a Grade 1 and will provide a stern test.

The other probable starters include the graded stakes winners Discreet Marq, Kitten’s Dumplings, Sarach, and Wishing Gate; the graded stakes-placed runners Emotional Kitten, Macha, Pearlside, Topic, and Unusual Way; and the stakes winners Ighraa and Need You Now.

The race will be limited to 10 runners, which could result in some fillies starting in Friday’s $90,000 Sandy Blue Handicap over a mile on turf.

Marketing Mix turns in sharp workout

Marketing Mix, one of the top contenders for the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park this Saturday, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds Sunday.

“It was a little quicker than I wanted it to be, but fast horses work fast,” trainer Tom Proctor said.

Marketing Mix, who is scheduled to be flown to Illinois on Wednesday, is unbeaten in two starts at Hollywood Park this year – the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes against females in May and the Grade 3 Sunset Handicap against males last month.