Updated on 09/16/2011 8:06AM

Dublino wins Del Mar Oaks


DEL MAR, Calif. - Dublino held off a late surge from Megahertz to win an epic running of the $300,000 on Saturday. At the finish, only a nose separated the two top 3-year-old turf fillies in California.

For Dublino, the victory avenged a disqualification in the American Oaks at Hollywood Park last month when she was demoted from first to second for intefering with runner-up Megahertz in the stretch.

There was no controversy in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux for a partnership and trainer Laura de Seroux, Dublino ($4.60) finished 1 1-8 miles on turf in 1:47.16.

Dublino and Megahertz were well off the pace for much of the race, chasing Fair Bianca, who led by a length over Alozaina and set fractions of 23.84 and 47.91 seconds.

On the second turn, Dublino challenged the leaders and reached

contention by the eighth pole. Racing wide, Dublino took the lead with a sixteenth of a mile remaining and was all out to hold off Megahertz, who rallied on the inside between Alozaina and Fair Bianca to just miss.

"I didn't know it was that close," de Seroux said. "Dublino got to the front and she eased up a little bit. Megahertz is tough."

Alozaina held third, followed by Fair Bianca, Arabic Song and Ristra.

Dublino has won 2 of 4 starts and $303,994. The Del Mar Oaks was the first start in a Grade 1 for Megahertz, who won four stakes earlier this year before being promoted in the American Oaks.