08/13/2012 6:03PM

Del Mar notes: Del Mar Derby to see rematch of La Jolla 1-2

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Old Time Hockey (2), with Joe Talamo aboard, defeats My Best Brother by a nose in the La Jolla.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Old Time Hockey and My Best Brother, separated by a nose in that order in the La Jolla Handicap on Saturday, are both expected to compete in the Grade 2, $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 2.

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My Best Brother defeated Old Time Hockey in a division of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day, but Old Time Hockey evened their Del Mar rivalry at one win apiece.

Also expected for the Del Mar Derby are Chips All In, a close third in the La Jolla, and Midnight Crooner, who won the other division of the Oceanside and then was kept out of the La Jolla to await the Del Mar Derby.

Old Time Hockey, a gelding by Smarty Jones, was bred and is owned by the Glen Hill Farm of Leonard Lavin and his grandson, Craig Bernick, and is trained by Tom Proctor. Glen Hill and Proctor won the Del Mar Derby last year with Banned.

Proctor has had a sensational meeting, winning with 6 of 14 starts so far, a 43-percent strike rate. He has had 10 of his 14 runners finish in the money.

"It's been great, with a lot of surprises, to be honest," he said.

Contested looking good for Test

Contested, preparing for the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 25, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 on Monday morning at Del Mar under Martin Garcia for Baffert.

Contested won the Acorn Stakes before a poor try in the Mother Goose on June 23.

Baffert said there were "too many negatives" in the Mother Goose.

"She worked way too fast, she was coming back too fast," he said. "I should have brought her home. She had the rail. It was muddy. I thought I'd squeeze one more race out of her."

◗ David Flores will be at Longacres on Sunday to ride defending race champion Awesome Gem in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile for trainer Craig Dollase.

Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Be nice to see Dullahan in this race.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Why? He's not good on grass, he was easily handled by Howe Great and Optimizer on grass, two horses that he would blow away on Polytrack. Would you rather have $1million doing what you do best, or $300k doing something else? A no brainer decision. I wouldn't be surprised if Dullahan finishes in the top 3 in the Pacific Classic. He is already a multiple G1 winner. At this point of his career, it is a lot better to be G1 placed against older horses than to win a G2 race restricted to 3yo.
Keith Strouhal More than 1 year ago
Dumbllahan has no chance in either race , way overrated on any surface of distance.