07/28/2013 8:40PM

Del Mar notes: Lady of Shamrock eyes John Mabee Stakes

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Lady of Shamrock worked six furlongs in 1:11.80 on Del Mar's main track Saturday and likely will start in the John Mabee Stakes on turf Aug. 11.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Lady of Shamrock, a two-time Grade 1 winner who was second in the Grade 2 New York Handicap at Belmont Park on June 29, is being pointed for the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 11.

Lady of Shamrock was a candidate for the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 17 but will remain in California.

Trainer John Sadler said the decision was based on the likelihood that division leader Marketing Mix, the winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares and the Grade 3 Sunset Handicap against males at the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting, is bound for Arlington Park.

“I think that Marketing Mix is the toughest in the division,” he said. “[Lady of Shamrock] had a nice race on this turf course last year.”

Owned by Kosta Hronis, Lady of Shamrock won the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park and the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on turf in the summer of 2012.

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On Saturday, Lady of Shamrock worked six furlongs in 1:11.80 on the main track. On Sunday, Marketing Mix, trained by Tom Proctor, breezed a half-mile in 49.60 seconds.

Last week, Proctor said Marketing Mix is being pointed for the Beverly D., but that she could stay in California for the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf against males Aug. 24. A decision on her next start depends on the weather. Proctor would prefer to keep Marketing Mix on firm turf.

Forever Juanito possible for Del Mar Futurity

The diminutive 2-year-old gelding Forever Juanito might be on his way to a big race in early September.

After Forever Juanito ($12) won his second start in a six-furlong maiden race Saturday, trainer and co-owner Victor Garcia said the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity over seven furlongs Sept. 4 is a possibility.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” Garcia said. “We’ll go easy with him [for now].”

On Saturday, Forever Juanito closed from fourth in a field of seven to outfinish 3-5 favorite American Pride. Forever Juanito was third in his debut in a five-furlong maiden race on turf at Hollywood Park on July 7.

Purchased for $22,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, Forever Juanito is co-owned by Garcia and his father, Juan, who retired from training in 2008.

Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Hello Juan .................... Was with Wayne at Caliente (Remember the 5/10 ??).. good old days back then ................. hope your feeling good...
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
He looked good winning that race. I don't think he's as good as the top three in the division though.