Updated on 09/16/2011 8:39AM

Del Mar Show toys with 'em


SALEM, N.H. - Del Mar Show toyed with eight rivals Saturday, scoring a 1 3/4-length victory in the $200,000, Grade 3 at Rockingham Park.

Ridden by Jerry Bailey from just off the pace of 1 1/8-mile turf race, Del Mar Show cruised to the lead in the last furlong over a rain-dampened turf course labeled good to get his second stakes victory of the year for the Allen Paulson Living Trust and trainer Bill Mott.

"It doesn't get much easier than that," Bailey said. "He's very talented."

It was the first victory for Del Mar Show since he returned from Dubai, where he finished 10th in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes in March. After that, he ran second in the Dixie at Pimlico last month.

"This distance is pretty much his limit, and he got a soft course in his last race and it pretty much told on him at the end," Bailey said. "This time I knew it was probably safe to leave him up near the front and he would do the rest."

Del Mar Show was timed in 1:47.51, and paid $2.80 to win. Mus-If finished second Saturday, a half-length ahead of Dr. Kashnikow in third.

It is a second straight Sweepstakes win for Mott and the Paulson Trust, who won the race in 2001 with Hap.

"Del Mar Show's a very nice horse who really likes to play out there," said Leana Willaford, assistant to Mott and the exercise rider for Del Mar Show. "I think Bill was confident or else he wouldn't have sent the horse up here.

"He got a little rambunctious, but I knew he would settle down on the track. He did just what we expected out there."