Updated on 09/17/2011 12:15PM

'Fenceline' wins Barona Cup


DEL MAR, Calif. - Fencelineneighbor, a stakes winner at Gulfstream Park in April, scored her first stakes win in California in Saturday's $80,850 for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar.

Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Fencelineneighbor ($13.20) finished a mile on turf in 1:34.51.

Fencelineneighbor was always near the front. For the first half of the race, she stalked pacesetter Tulsa, who set fractions of 22.35 and 46.51 seconds. Valdivia moved Fencelineneighbor to the outside of Tulsa at the end of the backstretch, took the lead on the turn, and won by 1 1/4 lengths over Valentine Dancer.

Woodlass, the 9-5 favorite who was making her first start in the United States, closed from the back of the field of seven to finish third.

Fencelineneighbor races for Frank Bertolino. By Wild Rush, Fencelineneighbor has won 5 of 15 starts and $191,777. In April, she won the Via Borghese Stakes at Gulfstream Park at 30-1.

The Barona Cup marked Fencelineneighbor's first victory for trainer Mike Machowsky since she was transferred to his stable in June.

Earlier this summer, Fenceline-neighbor finished fourth in the Flawlessly Stakes and fifth in the San Clemente Handicap.

Sarafan wins three-horse Brubaker

Sarafan won his first stakes in more than a year in Friday's $69,675 Harry F. Brubaker Handicap, a race that should serve as a prep to more important races this fall.

Facing only two opponents, Sarafan ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:42.84.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Sarafan tracked pacesetter Fateful Dream to early stretch and rallied on the outside to win by a length. Fateful Dream finished a neck in front of Johar, the slight favorite, who was seeking his fourth consecutive stakes win.

Two other horses were entered. Nicobar was scratched because of illness, and Investor's Dream was excused from the race at the discretion of racing officials. He had worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 on Saturday.

As a result of those two absences, there was no place or show betting.

Sarafan had a remarkable season in 2002, earning $2,036,452. He won the Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds and was second in such major stakes as the Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita, the Arlington Million, and the Japan Cup, which he lost by a nose.

On Friday, Sarafan, 6, was making his second start of the year, having finished third in an allowance race at Hollywood Park on May 21.

"After his first race he popped a splint," trainer Neil Drysdale said. "We gave him six weeks to heal and here we are again."

Drysdale said the $1 million Atto Mile at Woodbine on Sept. 14 and the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sept. 28 are upcoming goals for Sarafan, who races for Gary Tanaka. A return to the Far East is under serious consideration.

Johar will be pointed for the Hirsch, according to trainer Richard Mandella.

The Brubaker was Johar's first start since a win in the San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita in January. Shortly after that race, he was diagnosed with a shoulder injury.

"I would have been more happy to win it, but I was happy with the way he ran," Mandella said of Friday's comeback.

Debutante tops holiday weekend

The $250,000 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies, the final Grade 1 of the Del Mar meeting, is the top race on Labor Day weekend.

Run over seven furlongs on Saturday, the Debutante field will include the impressive maiden winners Halfbridled, trained by Mandella, and Victory U.S.A., trained by Bob Baffert.

Tizdubai, the winner of the Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 9, is unlikely to start and will be pointed for the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Sept. 28.

Two other $250,000 races will be run next weekend - Sunday's Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf and Monday's Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile on the main track.

Sunday's turf race will include Ballingarry, Bonus Pack, Continental Red, Irish Warrior, Kim Loves Bucky, Mister Acpen, and Mont Saint Michel.

The one-mile Del Mar Breeders' Cup will draw a strong field led by Taste of Paradise, the winner of the San Diego Handicap on Aug. 3. Other candidates are Captain Squire, Crafty C.T., Grey Memo, Joey Franco, and Reba's Gold.

'Perfect' pointing to Goodwood

Pleasantly Perfect, the winner of the 2002 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, who is unraced since finishing fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap in March, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Saturday.

Mandella said Pleasantly Perfect will be pointed for a defense of his Goodwood win on Oct. 4, and he intends to use the race as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

"We'll either be good enough for the Breeders' Cup or we won't be," he said. "I have enough time to get to the Goodwood in good shape."