08/15/2012 5:54PM

Del Mar notes: Seniors have Pacific Classic presence

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Rail Trip, with Jose Valdivia Jr. riding, wins the San Diego Handicap.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Richard's Kid, who won the Cougar II Handicap over 1 1/2 miles here on July 27, and Rail Trip are 7, and share the role of senior candidates for the Pacific Classic.

Owned by Samantha Siegel and trained by Ron Ellis, Rail Trip worked seven furlongs in 1:29 at Hollywood Park on Tuesday. A gelding, Rail Trip won the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap over 1 1/16 miles here on July 28, his first stakes win since the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park in June, 2010.

The Pacific Classic will be Rail Trip's first start over 1 1/4 miles since a fifth-place finish in the 2010 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Rail Trip was third in the 2009 Pacific Classic as the 5-2 favorite, losing by a length to Richard's Kid.

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Ellis said that he has been encouraged by Rail Trip's progress in recent months, particularly since the San Diego Handicap.

"He'll have to stretch out in the fourth race of his comeback," Ellis said. "He seems like he's moving forward off that, and that's encouraging.

Futurity candidates work

Capo Bastone, a 2-year-old colt by Street Boss, worked a half-mile in 47.20 seconds on Wednesday, preparing for a start in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5.

Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trained by John Sadler, Capo Bastone won his debut in a maiden race on Aug. 4.
Wednesday, Sadler also worked Del Mar Futurity candidate Scherer Magic, the winner of the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship on July 14, who was fifth as the even-money favorite in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes here on Aug. 5.
Scherer Magic worked five furlongs in 59 seconds, the second-fastest of 37 recorded works at the distance.

Scherer Magic ran in traffic on the backstretch of the Best Pal Stakes, and was beaten 5 1/4 lengths by the first-time starter Know More.

The fastest work over five furlongs was recorded by Camp Victory, the winner of the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 30. Camp Victory will start in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Stakes over seven furlongs on Aug. 26.