Updated on 09/16/2011 8:01AM

Euchre won't go in Pacific Classic


DEL MAR, Calif. - Euchre, second in the San Diego Handicap on Aug. 4, will bypass the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 25, leaving trainer Bobby Frankel with only one starter, Milwaukee Brew, for his attempt to win the richest race of the meeting for the seventh time.

Frankel said Thursday that Euchre is tentatively scheduled to start in the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile on Sept. 2. A 6-year-old gelding, Euchre is winless in six starts since the 2001 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap.

Frankel has won a record 6 of 11 runnings of the Pacific Classic, and will attempt to score his third consecutive win this year. He won in 2000 and 2001 with Skimming. Milwaukee Brew will be well backed, having won the Santa Anita Handicap and Californian Stakes earlier this year before finishing third behind Sky Jack and Momentum in the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 14.

As of Thursday, a field of eight was probable for the Pacific Classic. Run over 1 1/4 miles, the race is led by War Emblem, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The other probables include Arbiter, Bonus Pack, Came Home, Grey Memo, Momentum, and Sky Jack.

War Emblem will be the first Kentucky Derby winner to start in the Pacific Classic since 1990 Derby winner Unbridled finished third in 1991.

On Thursday at Hollywood Park, Momentum worked seven furlongs in 1:26.40. A 4-year-old trained by Craig Dollase, Momentum is winless in his last five starts, dating back to the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park last December.

A win, to everyone's surprise

After 11 attempts at tracks as diverse as Churchill Downs to Portland Meadows, Dyna's Club won her first stakes, Wednesday's $81,475 Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar.

Her front-running victory over 1 1/16 miles on turf left trainer Ron Ellis and jockey David Flores convinced the 6-year-old mare had stolen the win. Allowed to set a modest pace of 25.10 and 49.82 seconds for the first half-mile, Dyna's Club had plenty left when challenged in the final furlong by 24-1 Four Plus Four.

"I didn't expect David to set that slow of a pace," Ellis said. "This is a credit to David to get her to go that far. She's better as a sprinter. I didn't have any expectations for her.

"When they went by us the first time, I could tell they were walking. She's a hard-trier and I didn't think anybody would get to her." Dyna's Club finished the Osunitas in 1:42.82, finishing a half-length in front of Four Plus Four.

"I sat until the quarter pole and then I went to work," Flores said. Tropical Lady, who was making her first start since March, finished third, a half-length in front of Noches de Rosa, the 2001 Chilean Oaks winner who was making her U.S. debut.

Dyna's Club ($11.80) ran a top race last month, finishing second to Go Go in the Great Lady M. Handicap at Hollywood Park. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, the 6-year-old Dyna's Club has won 6 of 29 starts and $307,484. She began her career in the Pacific Northwest, and joined Ellis's stable in the fall of 2000. Ellis said Dyna's Club will be pointed for the $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Oct. 12.

Spawr takes the lead

Bill Spawr won two races on Wednesday to take the lead in the trainers' standings, 12-11, over Bob Baffert. It is a position that Spawr does not expect to keep. Despite pointing much of his stable to this meeting, Spawr admits that the depth of Baffert's stable will make it a difficult title to win. He last won the training title here in 1994. "I'll probably finish second," he said.

If he has many more days like Wednesday, Spawr could remain in the hunt through the end of the meeting on Sept. 11.

Spawr won with Lost in Paradise ($5.60) in the third race and Weekend Pow Pow ($7.60) in the eighth, but was surprised that Fleeting Term could only manage a seventh in the fourth race.

Despite a few injuries that have hit the barn, Spawr expects to be a factor in the second half of the meeting, provided that the races he needs are filled.

On Thursday morning, he was walking around the stable with a condition book in his hand, frustrated that he might only have one starter on Saturday's 10-race program. In the end, he will have three - Greenbaypacker in the second, Jaklin's Last Kin in the fourth, and Disguys Dalimit in the fifth.

He hopes to have as many as six starters on Sunday. Spawr will have Mellow Fellow in the $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap. Purchased privately in May by Sid and Jenny Craig, Mellow Fellow has finished third in the Triple Bend and Bing Crosby handicaps since joining Spawr's stable.

A 7-year-old gelding, Mellow Fellow won six previous starts in northern California, including three stakes under jockey Russell Baze. In the Bing Crosby, Mellow Fellow finished 2 3/4 lengths behind Disturbingthepeace, who will start in the Pat O'Brien. Other probables include Blu Air Force, I Love Silver, and Komax.

Spawr is hoping that Mellow Fellow draws an outside post. "We couldn't get him off the rail last time," Spawr said. "When we bought him, Russell Baze called and said he would like to ride him. He said, 'No matter who rides, make sure he's outside.' "

* Homeland, second in the Escondido Handicap on Aug. 7, is being pointed for the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap on Sept. 1, trainer Ben Cecil said. A three-time stakes winner in France last year, the 4-year-old Homeland ran the best race of his American career in the Escondido.

* Bull Market, an impressive maiden winner on July 24 in his debut, worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds on Thursday, one of the fastest times recorded at the distance. The 2-year-old Bull Market is owned by Jim McIngvale and trained by Baffert and is a candidate for the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs on Wednesday.