08/08/2012 4:06PM

Del Mar notes: Rolling Fog rolls toward Futurity

Benoit & Associates
Rolling Fog is being pointed to the Del Mar Futurity following his debut win on Saturday.

Rolling Fog, who won his debut Saturday, will head straight to the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day, Sept. 5, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Rolling Fog, 2, a son of Posse, worked poorly in his first drill over this surface, but improved in his second workout and ran better still in his race.

“He had actually worked really well at Santa Anita,” Baffert said. “His first work over this track was terrible. He struggled. I decided not to enter him that weekend. I worked him again, with Executiveprivilege, and he broke off five in front and finished two in front. He skipped over it.

“That was a good race for him. He won, but he didn’t have to lay it down.”

Proctor taking time with Pontchatrain

Even though Pontchatrain was a debut winner Sunday in a strong 2-year-old maiden race for fillies going 5 1/2 furlongs, trainer Tom Proctor wasn’t quite ready just yet to throw her in with the division’s elite in the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1.

“I knew she was a nice filly, but I thought she might need a race,” Proctor said. “She’d done everything we’d asked. We just hadn’t asked a whole lot of her. I’d like to run in an ‘a-other-than.’ I don’t want to get too excited just quite yet.”

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Pontchatrain, by War Front, was purchased for $200,000 as a yearling by the Glen Hill Farm of Leonard Lavin and Craig Bernick.

Ticket complaint yields horse name

What would happen if you bought tickets to the Kentucky Derby, distributed them to friends free of charge, and had one of those friends complain about the quality of those seats? In the case of Paul Reddam, who won the Derby with I’ll Have Another, you’d have the inspiration for the name of a horse.

And so it was that The Humancomplaint came into being. He made his debut Saturday and finished second in a maiden race for California-breds.

“I’ve got a friend named Gary Bird who’s a member at Sherwood Country Club with me,” Reddam said. “I bought 300 tickets to the Belmont. One day in between the Preakness and Belmont, I walk past my secretary’s desk, and she’s having this knock-down, drag-out fight with someone on the other end.

“He was complaining that the tickets I got at the Derby weren’t good enough. I got pretty mad.”

◗ Coil, who scored an impressive comeback victory last month for Baffert, stayed on edge for the Grade 2, $250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at seven furlongs on Aug. 26 with a five-furlong drill in 59.60 seconds Wednesday morning. The time equaled the best of the morning among 51 at the distance.

◗ The horse who equaled Coil’s time was another Baffert trainee, Jaycito, who is under serious consideration for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic, also Aug. 26, following a win over this track against allowance company earlier in the meet.

◗ Also preparing for the Pat O’Brien was Camp Victory, winner of the Triple Bend at Hollywood Park last time out. He went five furlongs in 1:00.40 for trainer Mike Mitchell.