08/31/2013 3:09PM

Del Mar notes: Holy Lute sets sights on Breeders' Cup Mile


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DEL MAR, Calif. – Holy Lute, who won his stakes debut in Friday’s $100,500 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar, will get a class test this fall.

Trainer Jim Cassidy said the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita in November could be on the schedule for the 3-year-old Holy Lute, who made his third start Friday. A potential prep race would be the $150,000 City of Hope Stakes over a mile on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 5.

“I’d like to run him in the Breeders’ Cup Mile,” Cassidy said.

Such a race is quite a goal for a colt who made his career debut July 11.

Holy Lute had his career delayed by a cracked cannon bone suffered as a 2-year-old in 2012. Holy Lute finished third in his debut at Betfair Hollywood Park and followed with a win against maidens at Del Mar on Aug. 10.

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The El Cajon Stakes over a mile was his first start around two turns. Ridden by David Flores, Holy Lute ($15) closed from fourth in a field of seven to win by a head over 6-5 favorite Fury Kapcori, finishing in 1:35.38. Holy Lute earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 92.

“I’ve liked this horse since I bought him as a yearling,” Cassidy said in the winner’s circle. “He got hurt last year, and I had to stop on him.”

Owned by Class Racing Stable, Holy Lute was purchased privately for $120,000 after being bought back at a yearling sale, Cassidy said.

“I still think he’s got some learning to do,” Cassidy said. “He came out of the maiden race like a monster.”

No repeat for Miller

Peter Miller won the training title here last year, an achievement he will not repeat this year.

Through Friday, John Sadler led all trainers with 23 wins. Miller was in fifth place with 15 wins.

“We’ve been unlucky,” he said Saturday. “We lost a lot of photos. Last year, we won a lot of photos. I think we’re too far behind.”

Miller has time for another major stakes win when Celtic Moon starts in Wednesday’s $300,000 Del Mar Futurity over seven furlongs. Second in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 4, Celtic Moon is part of a projected field of 11 in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.

Owned by Richard Pell, Celtic Moon beat maidens in his second start at Hollywood Park on July 7. In the Best Pal Stakes, Celtic Moon finished a half-length behind Alberts Hope in his stakes debut.

For the Del Mar Futurity, Miller has replaced Edwin Maldonado with Garrett Gomez. Miller envisions Gomez having Celtic Moon in a stalking position for the first half of the race.

“We’ll probably let him settle and let Garrett figure it out,” he said.

The Del Mar Futurity field is led by Alberts Hope, who is unbeaten in two starts. The other stakes winners in the field are Alpine Luck, who won the Hollywood Juvenile Championship on July 13; California Chrome, who won the Graduation Stakes for California-breds on July 31; and Sky Dreamin, winner of two stakes in Northern California earlier this summer.

Alpine Luck and Sky Dreamin were fifth and sixth in the Best Pal.

Other projected starters are Can the Man, Dance With Fate, Guns Loaded, Indexical, Rum Point, and Tamarando. Guns Loaded was third in the Best Pal Stakes.

A 10-race program is scheduled for Wednesday.

Barretts meet starts Friday

Friday, the Barretts Race Meet at Fairplex Park begins at the Los Angeles County Fair.

The top Thoroughbred race on Friday is the $50,000 Beverly Lewis Stakes for female sprinters. The meeting runs through Sept .22, the day of the $100,000 Ralph Hinds Pomona Invitational.