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Del Mar notes: Sutherland-Kruse, Baffert team up again
DEL MAR, Calif. - In 2011 and 2012, jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse rode Game On Dude 10 times, winning five Grade 1 or Grade 2 stakes, including the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap.
Last summer, Sutherland-Kruse rode Game On Dude for Baffert in the Pacific Classic, finishing a half-length behind Dullahan after holding a two-length lead in the stretch. Sutherland-Kruse dropped a rein in the final strides of that race. She lost the mount on the gelding before his next start.
Last October, Sutherland-Kruse announced her retirement, which lasted eight months. She was back in action in June of this year, and has been riding at Del Mar this summer.
Sunday, she rides for Baffert for the first time this year on the first-time starter Consecrate in a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies. For Sutherland-Kruse, regaining a mount in Baffert’s stable is further proof that she has made a successful comeback.
“I was begging him for a mount yesterday and I guess it worked,” she said Friday morning. “It’s good to be back in the barn.”
Owned by Kaleem Shah, Consecrate, by Pulpit, was purchased for $250,000 at the Keeneland 2-year-olds in training sale in April. Baffert has three fillies in Sunday’s seventh race, including Sunset Strip, by Hard Spun, and La Quintessa, by Unbridled’s Song.
Stakes-placed Saanneen euthanized
Saanneen, second in the 2011 Irish O’Brien Stakes at Santa Anita, was euthanized on Friday after suffering a sesamoid injury in a pre-dawn workout, track officials said.
Saanneen, a 6-year-old mare by Cee’s Tizzy, won 5 of 20 starts and earned $178,370. She had not started since finishing third in an optional claimer in August 2012, a race in which she was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Bill Spawr.
◗ Book Review, the winner of the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 13, will make her next start in Friday’s $500,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga, Baffert said. A winner of 6 of 13 starts and $784,955, Book Review was nominated for Sunday’s $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar.
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