08/06/2013 4:10PM

Del Mar: Sadler a major player in La Jolla, Mabee

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Lady of Shamrock (above) and Journaliste run for trainer John Sadler and owner Kosta Hronis in the Grade 2 John Mabee on Sunday.

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DEL MAR, Calif. - Trainer John Sadler and owner Kosta Hronis will try to sweep this weekend’s graded stakes races at Del Mar, with Greeley Awesome representing them in the Grade 2, $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for 3-year-olds on Saturday, and the tag team of Journaliste and Lady of Shamrock in the Grade 2, $250,000 John Mabee Stakes for older female turf horses Sunday.

Greeley Awesome was a fast-finishing second behind Gervinho in a division of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day July 17, his first start since being claimed for $40,000 by Hronis.

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Gervinho is possible for the La Jolla. Others expected for the 1 1/16-mile grass race include Dice Flavor, Dry Summer, Freakin Rocket, Pure Loyalty, Si Sage, Uno Dos Adios, and possibly Den’s Legacy and Rosengold.

Dry Summer worked a half-mile in 48.60 seconds on Polytrack on Tuesday morning.

Journaliste and Lady of Shamrock are part of a small field expected for the Mabee. Lady of Shamrock, second in the Grade 2 New York Handicap at Belmont Park in her last start June 29, should be one of the top two choices in the race. But she comes from well back and needs pace, hence the presence of Journaliste, a sprinter who has never raced farther than seven furlongs.

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Customer Base, My Gi Gi, and Grade 1 Gamely runner-up Tiz Flirtatious also are expected for the 1 1/8-mile Mabee.

Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Congratulations Jay ! DRF finally gets a meaningful headline correctly. Yes on Saturday Hronis' GREELEY AWESOME get an opportunity to correct the near miss in 1st leg of Oceanside opening day at 14-1. Unfortunately we won't get a price this time but is on the improve for sure. Went 23.2 on inside and then continued on closing the last quarter in 22.84 and is shedding 3 lbs. So I come up with an 11.12 fig vs. the hard to find but impressive fig for Dan's Legacy of 11.19. Might not play if price just blah. An individual decision on each player. GREELEY AWESOME to win (IF PRICE) and Ex Bx with Dan's Legacy. On Sunday Hronis and Sadler one more time with Lady of Shamrock after great prep in NY with a closing trip in 22.16 with 120 lbs while going 6 wide in upper stretch (watch the video). Won the G1 Delmar Oaks last year and ready for best. Only problem no price so don't throw the dice. Can use in multiples if that's your thing. To all..........great weekend on the turf. At 'Toga Wise Dan = short field but if you choose to take against..... Za Approval can be game here. Upsets do happen.