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Disturbingthepeace to train up to Sprint
DEL MAR, Calif. - Disturbingthepeace, with three stakes wins the top sprinter in California this summer, will not start again until the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, trainer Darrell Vienna said.
Vienna was considering a start in the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oak Tree in early October, but has decided to train the 4-year-old Disturbingthepeace up to the nation's richest sprint.
"I know the horse very well and my choice would be not to run him," Vienna said. "He started the stakes run off a long rest and that's because the races didn't fill."
A winner of six straight races, Disturbingthepeace won the Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park on July 6 in his first start in seven weeks. He swept the two graded stakes for sprinters at the Del Mar meeting - the six-furlong Bing Crosby and the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien last weekend.
Owned by David Milch, Disturbingthepeace must be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup. Milch and Vienna have never won the Breeders' Cup Sprint, but did finish third in 1993 with Gilded Time, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 1992.
Valenzuela gets days
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who through Thursday led the Del Mar standings, has been given a seven-day suspension for causing interference that led to a spill in Wednesday's eighth race.
The suspension is set to start on Friday and run through Sept. 6, but may be appealed, according to Valenzuela's agent, Nick Cosato.
Valenzuela rode Ourfirstattraction in the six-furlong sprint for maiden claimers. On the backstretch, Ourfirstattraction drifted to the inside and into the path of Miss Alfalfa, who clipped heels and fell. No other horses were involved in the spill.
Kevin Krigger, the apprentice jockey who rode Miss Alfalfa, was not injured. Ourfirstattraction finished last of eight.
Classic kicks off pick six
Del Mar is offering a guaranteed pick six pool of $1 million on Sunday.
Last year, a similar promotion on Pacific Classic Day attracted a pool of $1.65 million.
The bet covers the fifth through 10th races and starts with the $1 million Pacific Classic, which has drawn 14 entrants. War Emblem, the nation's top 3-year-old, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite.
The sixth race is a six-furlong sprint for $22,500 to $25,000 claimers that drew 11 horses. Hot Weather and La Bandera are coming off wins at this meeting, and Kinetic Bend will be well supported following a nose loss versus $32,000 claimers on Aug. 7.
The seventh race is the $75,000 Finlandia Cup for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf. Entrants Fair Bianca, Ristra, and Pina Colada are also entered in Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Oaks. There are two European imports in the Finlandia Cup - Sentimental Value and Nobilissime, who finished second and sixth, respectively, in a one-mile handicap at Newmarket, England, June 29.
The eighth race is a first-condition allowance race for fillies and mares over six furlongs. Free Spin, a winner in her only start, which came at Hollywood Park last November, returns against 10 others, including Throw Me Roses, who was second at this level on July 27, and Aaron Avenue, the winner of an allowance race against California-breds in her last start on March 13.
The last two races are for claimers. There are 10 entered for a six-furlong sprint for $28,000 to $32,000 claimers in the ninth race. No Toro, who plummets in class after finishing fifth against $62,500 claimers on Aug. 1, will attract support, along with Rippin n Roarin, who was claimed by trainer Summer Mayberry following a win against $25,000 claimers on Aug. 9.
In the last race, Buster B Bimbo is the likely favorite following two narrow losses in turf races at this meeting. A front-runner, he is part of a full field.
Vindication may hit the road
Vindication, the undefeated winner of an allowance race on Thursday, will not start in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 11, but will be pointed to an undetermined two-turn race, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
A $2.15 million yearling purchase owned by Padua Stable, Vindication won a six-furlong maiden race on July 27 and followed with an easy win in a six-furlong allowance race on Thursday, winning by 1 1/2 lengths over Pine for Java.
Baffert may have to ship Vindication out of town for his next start because there are no two-turn stakes for 2-year-olds at a non-fair meeting in Southern California until the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita in early October.
"He's not a speed horse," Baffert said. "I'm taking my time with him. I want to find a two-turn race for him. I don't want him to go too fast too early."
Stevens working horses
Jockey Gary Stevens, who underwent arthoscopic surgery on Aug. 1 to remove two bone chips from his right knee, resumed exercising horses on Friday and intends to return to riding next weekend.
"You'll see me back by the second," Stevens said, referring to Labor Day, Sept. 2.
On Friday, Stevens worked the stakes-placed 2-year-old Golden KK for trainer Dean Greenman and a horse for trainer Bruce Headley.
Mules matched at Fairplex
Black Ruby and Taz, two popular racing mules from the northern California fair circuit, will appear in a $10,000 match race at Fairplex Park on Sept. 14. According to Fairplex Park officials, win betting will be offered in the 350-yard race, which will be presented at the end of the program.
The race comes six days after the pair will appear in a non-betting match race over 400 yards at Del Mar.
El Cajon for Easy Grades
Easy Grades, who was 13th in the Kentucky Derby, won an allowance race over a mile on dirt here last Monday and is being pointed to the $75,000 El Cajon Stakes on Sept. 6, according to trainer Ted H. West.
Easy Grades has won 2 of 9 starts. Last spring, he was second to Pacific Classic hopeful Came Home in the San Rafael Stakes and Santa Anita Derby.
o Golden Hours, the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the eighth race, for maiden claimers, on Friday, was euthanized after suffering a leg injury during a gallop on Friday morning.
- additional reporting by Brad Free