08/21/2003 12:00AM

Field of five set for Pacific Classic


DEL MAR, Calif. - Medaglia d'Oro and Candy Ride, the top two contenders in Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, drew posts alongside one another when the expected field of five was entered Wednesday evening during a party at the nearby Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Medaglia d'Oro, who won the Whitney Handicap in his last start, will start from post 2, with the undefeated Candy Ride next to him in post 3. Jeff Tufts, Del Mar's morning-line maker, made Medaglia d'Oro 6-5, with Candy Ride 7-5.

The field, from the rail out, is Fleetstreet Dancer (Tyler Baze the rider), Medaglia d'Oro (Jerry Bailey), Candy Ride (Julie Krone), Kudos (Alex Solis), and Milwaukee Brew (Edgar Prado).

Under the weight-for-age conditions of the race, all runners carry 124 pounds.

The Pacific Classic will be the fifth race on an 11-race card. The race will be shown on ESPN in a telecast from 5-6 pm Eastern time.