08/14/2008 11:00PM

If it's Sunday, it's raceday

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DEL MAR, Calif. - The timing of the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24 works perfectly for the East Coast invader Delosvientos and his owner-trainer Guiseppe Iadisernia.

Delosvientos has not started since winning the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park on Friday, June 6. The day of the week of the race was important. Iadisernia is a devout Seventh-day Adventist who said he does not work, or start horses, on Saturdays. The Pacific Classic's appearance on a Sunday satisfies his religious, and racing, needs.

This year, Delosvientos has won 3 of 5 starts, racing on a Thursday, Friday, Friday, Thursday, and Friday. The 5-year-old gelding has been brilliant winning his last three starts - an optional claimer at Gulfstream Park in February, the Fit to Fight Stakes at Belmont Park in May, and the Brooklyn Handicap, his graded stakes debut.

The wins came at distances ranging from 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 miles, leaving the Pacific Classic over 1 1/4 miles well within Delosvientos's range.

"He's a great horse," said Joe Iadisernia, Guiseppe's 20-year-old son and assistant. "He runs his race. It looks like he's unfazed by other horses. Before the Brooklyn, we figured if he ran well, we'd run here. We're hoping he can win. That's why we're here."

In his career, Delosvientos has won 6 of 11 starts and $251,370. He was bought by Guiseppe Iadisernia's The Big Stable for $15,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, and offered, but not sold, at a 2-year-olds in training sale in Florida the following spring.

"He has a lot of heart," said Guiseppe Iadisernia, who speaks limited English.

Guiseppe Iadisernia, 49, was born in Italy, and has lived in the United States and Venezuela since childhood. In recent years, he has lived primarily in the United States after developing a company in Venezeula that sells electrical equipment.

Iadisernia began training in the 1990s, first in Puerto Rico. He began concentrating on Florida racing earlier this decade and now has 30 horses based at Belmont Park. There are three at Del Mar this summer.

Despite his springtime win in the Brooklyn, Delosvientos will be an outsider in the Pacific Classic. The race may have as many as 13 starters, including Awesome Gem, Barcola, Go Between, Mast Track, McCann's Mojave, Mostacolli Mort, Out of Control, Student Council, Surf Cat, Tissy Fit, Well Armed, and Zappa. Tissy Fit may start in Saturday's Del Mar Handicap on turf instead.

If Delosvientos runs well in the Pacific Classic, he is not scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday, Oct. 25, according to Iadisernia. Instead, Delosvientos is more likely to be pointed for the $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28.

The race is run on a Friday.

Garcia to ride Zappa in Pacific Classic

Alan Garcia, winner of the Belmont Stakes aboard Da' Tara and a leading rider at Saratoga this summer, has been named to ride Zappa in the Pacific Classic, trainer John Sadler said. The Pacific Classic will be the first time that Garcia has ridden Zappa.

Sadler said he has been impressed watching Garcia on television and was in need of a jockey after Garrett Gomez opted to ride Go Between.

"He's one of the new guys," Sadler said. "I've watched him on television and I've heard nothing but good things about him."

Owned by Gary Barber, Zappa won the Cougar II Handicap over 1 1/2 miles here on July 30 in his last start. He won the Grade 2 San Pasqual Handicap at Santa Anita in January.

Intangaroo points to Ballerina

Intangaroo, winner of two Grade 1 sprints for females earlier this year, is being pointed for the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga next Sunday, trainer Gary Sherlock said.

Sherlock considered Intangaroo for the $200,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar on the same day, but said the Grade 1 status and the distance of the seven-furlong Ballerina compared to the Grade 3 status of the Rancho Bernardo over 6 1/2 furlongs were factors in the decision.

"If the Rancho Bernardo were seven, I'd run here," he said. "Plus, the Ballerina is on the dirt. It's a big race and the right distance."

Del Mar has a synthetic main track.

The Rancho Bernardo is one of four major stakes on the Aug. 24 program, which includes the Pacific Classic.

The $400,000 Del Mar Mile on turf is led by Daytona, Monzante, and Whatsthescript. The $300,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap over seven furlongs may feature 2007 champion sprinter Midnight Lute against In Summation, an unlucky second in the Bing Crosby Handicap here in July.

Mullins faces possible sanction

Trainer Jeff Mullins faces a possible sanction by the California Horse Racing Board after one of his starters at Del Mar earlier this month tested in excess of the permitted level of total carbon dioxide, according to a statement released by the racing board.

The overage was found in a blood test taken from Pathbreaking, the third-place finisher in a one-mile turf race for $35,000 to $40,000 claimers on Aug. 3. Pathbreaking earned $5,520 in the race for owners Jerry and Marjorie Engelauf.

An overage for total carbon dioxide, or a high level of bicarbonates, is classified as a Class 3 violation, subject to a redistribution of purse and a possible fine or suspension for a trainer. A hearing regarding the redistribution of the purse is scheduled for Wednesday with Del Mar stewards. The stewards have not scheduled a hearing for Mullins, according to a racing board statement.

The presence of an excessive bicarbonate level is thought to increase stamina.

Maiden claimer euthanized

Greek Joy, a maiden claimer, was euthanized after suffering a fractured left front knee in Thursday's first race, according to track officials.

Greek Joy, a 3-year-old filly, was the eighth horse euthanized at this meeting because of injuries suffered during racing or training, according to racing board officials. Last year, 11 horses were euthanized.

Greek Joy was racing at the back of a six-horse field in a six-furlong race when she was injured. She made two starts, finishing second in her debut at Hollywood Park last month for owner Priamos Yennaris and trainer George Papaprodromou.