07/25/2016 1:26PM

Lily Kai takes on more distance in optional claimer

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DEL MAR, Calif. – There are few opportunities for allowance horses to run farther than 1 1/8 miles on turf on this circuit, but the 1 3/8-mile races here at Del Mar are a glorious exception. Mike Machowsky, who trains Lily Kai, has thought his filly would appreciate these long races, and he’ll put his theory to the test Thursday, when Lily Kai heads the featured seventh race, an optional claimer with a $65,000 purse.