07/17/2013 10:21PM

Del Mar: Rising Legend makes his connections' day in Oceanside

Benoit & Associates
Julien Leparoux guides Rising Legend to victory in the second division of the Oceanside Stakes.

DEL MAR, Calif. – After losing a tough decision in the first division of the Oceanside Stakes on Wednesday at Del Mar, trainer John Sadler, owner Kosta Hronis, and jockey Julien Leparoux evened the ledger in the $112,500 second division when Rising Legend held off a furious late rally from Gabriel Charles to prevail by a head.

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Gabriel Charles was closing so quickly that Sadler admitted he thought Rising Legend was caught.

“We were a little unlucky the first half, but we got the bob this half, so that made up for the first half,” Sadler said.

In the first division, their Greeley Awesome was second to Gervinho, losing by a neck.

Rising Legend ($17.60) was making his first start since November, but Sadler had him ready to roll. Rising Legend and Gabriel Charles were eighth and last, respectively, in the nine-horse field for the first three-quarters of a mile, but both closed well to take the first two spots. Rising Legend was timed in 1:33.96 for one mile on firm turf.

Olympic Blue was another length back in third. Den’s Legacy, the 2-1 favorite, finished sixth.

Rising Legend was winning for the third time in eight starts. He made his first six starts in Great Britain for Richard Hannon, then was purchased and brought to the United States.

“We wanted to run him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, but he didn’t get in,” Sadler said.

Rising Legend had to await the Generous Stakes on Nov. 24 at Betfair Hollywood Park, and he closed too late while finishing second to Den’s Legacy.

“He had some heat in a knee after that race, so we gave him four months off with the idea of bringing him back this summer for a turf campaign,” Sadler said.

“He didn’t need surgery. Just time. We think he’s a pretty nice horse, and there’s a good turf program here.”

John More than 1 year ago
Olympic Blue was a huge overlay. On the weight drop he was my saver with R/L on top. Looked very obvious to me. If OB doesn't drift who knows.
W.H. Anderson More than 1 year ago
Please give Mike Joyce the sack. He's terrible. Del Mar once had great commentary. The TVG crew is very bad !!!
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
TVG is and has been the exclusive TV network coverage at Del Mar for the last 14 years. So how far back do you go for this "great commentary"??
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Agreed. It pains me to have to watch Del Mar on TVG, instead of HRTV. Can't they work this out so both networks cover all the SoCal tracks and viewers can have their choice of coverage?
Samantha Lobdell More than 1 year ago
I only lasted halfway through the card before I had to change the channel and get the results some other time. The Rosario fanboying I could understand, as overboard as it was (before his fans come after me, I have nothing against him, I actually admire the guy). But EVERY SINGLE TIME they see a horse with Tebow in the name and start whining about how "nobody gave him a chaaaaaaance!!!!!"...Get over it and get back to work!