09/03/2012 1:15PM

Del Mar: Shining Copper probable favorite in Oak Tree Juvenile Turf


DEL MAR, Calif. – Shining Copper’s summer has been geared toward Wednesday’s $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at Del Mar.

The colt has started on turf in both his starts, showing significant improvement from a second in a maiden race over six furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 12 to a win against maidens over a mile on turf here on Aug. 15.

David Flores was aboard for both races, and has the mount on Wednesday.

“He showed a lot of talent first time,” Flores said. “The race here was a perfect race. I’m hoping that he can show more.”

Trained by Neil Drysdale for Sumaya US Stables, Shining Copper is likely to be favored in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf, which is run over a mile for 2-year-olds.

This is the first year for the race, which could lead to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 for some runners. The Oak Tree Juvenile Turf drew a field of 10.

There is one stakes winner in the field in Zeewat, who is unbeaten in two starts, having won a maiden race and the Cavonnier Juvenile on the dirt at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa earlier this summer.

The race drew two British imports – Caught Napping, a two-time winner on all-weather surfaces, and Parisian Prince, the winner of a maiden race at Ayr, Scotland on July 16.

He’s Had Enough, trained by Leandro Mora, and Dry Summer, trained by Jeff Mullins, each won a maiden race on the main track here. Both stables have runners in Wednesday’s $300,000 Del Mar Futurity, and are using the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf as a way to keep top runners apart.

Mora is normally an assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, who is serving a 40-day suspension for a medication violation. Mora is directing the stable in his absence. In the Del Mar Futurity, Mora will start Know More, the winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes in his debut on Aug. 5.

Mora has high regard for He’s Had Enough, who won a maiden race over 6 1/2 furlongs by three-quarters of a length on Aug. 12. Both He’s Had Enough and Know More are owned by Paul Reddam.

“When they asked me which I liked better, I said, ‘He’s Had Enough,’ ” Mora said. “Doug liked Know More. He got ready quicker.

“In the early days, we don’t want to run the two Reddam horses together. They both have the same style.”

Mora said that He’s Had Enough should be suited to the distance.

“He’s a nice horse and he’s learning every day,” he said. “He’s got a long stride.”

The race includes four maidens – Buckleberry Grey, Forest Boy, Power Broker, and Resistant. Buckleberry Grey and Power Broker were second and third behind Shining Copper on Aug. 15.