08/07/2008 11:00PM

Out of Control to try Pacific Classic


DEL MAR, Calif. - Out of Control, second in two Grade 1 races on turf earlier this year, will make his Grade 1 debut on the main track in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24, trainer Bobby Frankel said Friday.

Out of Control's presence will give Frankel two starters in the Pacific Classic. He is also running Mast Track, the upset winner of the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on Juneo28.

Out of Control, based at Saratoga, has won 5 of 15 starts and $695,837 for Stud TNT. A 5-year-old Brazilian-bred horse, Out of Control was beaten a nose by Dancing Forever in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park on June 7.

On May 3 at Churchill Downs, Out of Control was beaten a length by Einstein in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard. His last win came in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile at Santa Anita last October. Out of Control's last win on the main track came in an allowance race on dirt at Santa Anita in February 2007.

"He'll handle the Polytrack," Frankel said of Del Mar's synthetic track.

Out of Control is one of 10 probable starters for the Pacific Classic, which is run over 1 1/4 miles. The others are Awesome Gem, Go Between, Mostacolli Mort, Student Council, Surf Cat, Tissy Fit, Well Armed, and Zappa.

Tissy Fit finished second in the Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar on July 30, and is not a definite starter in the Pacific Classic, trainer John Sadler said.

In Summation in Pat O'Brien next

In Summation, an unlucky second in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap here on July 27, will make his next start in the $300,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap over seven furlongs on Aug. 24.

Trained by Christophe Clement, In Summation finished a length behind Street Boss after a troubled trip in the six-furlong Bing Crosby.

"He came back good from the race," said Nicholas Bachalard, Clement's assistant. "People say maybe he should have, could have, won, but the winner is a good horse. Hopefully, we'll meet again."

Owned by Waterford Farm, In Summation, 5, has won 11 of 23 starts and $965,166. Earlier this year, he won the El Conejo and Palos Verdes handicaps at Santa Anita.

The Grade 2 Pat O'Brien is the last major sprint of the Del Mar meeting. Street Boss is not expected to be in the field. Trainer Bruce Headley said recently that Street Boss will be pointed for the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 27.

The Clement stable has runners for two other major stakes at Del Mar, Bachalard said.

Satan's Circus, second by three-quarters of a length to Pure Clan in the $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 5, will start in the $350,000 Del Mar Oaks for3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Aug. 16. Satan's Circus made her U.S. debut in the American Oaks.

Vacare, a three-time stakes winner, will be pointed for the $200,000 Palomar Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf on Aug. 30.

Distant Victory earns shot at stakes

Distant Victory's third consecutive win, in a $75,940 allowance race at Del Mar on Thursday, moved her closer to her stakes debut. The question remains, which stakes?

On Friday, co-owner John Harris said the restricted $80,000 Adoration Handicap over a mile on the main track or the Palomar Handicap were possibilities.

"I don't think she has to run on the grass," Harris said. "It's a good position to be in."

Of course, if a second-condition allowance race becomes available, Distant Victory could appear there, but such races are infrequent on a circuit lacking depth in top-class divisions.

In Thursday's first-level allowance race, Distant Victory stalked pacesetter In My Glory to the top of the stretch and won by three-quarters of a length, timed for the 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.68. She was ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer Carla Gaines.

"That worked out pretty well," Harris said in the winner's circle. "That was a more demanding race. He gave her a confident ride."

Co-owned by Scott Gross, Distant Victory, 3, has won 3 of 4 starts and $126,540. The winning streak includes a maiden race for statebreds at Hollywood Park in June and an optional claimer for statebreds here on July 17.

Garcia suspended

Jockey Martin Garcia has been suspended three days for causing interference in Wednesday's Sorrento Stakes. Garcia was cited for his ride aboard Glitter City, who was demoted from third to fourth for interfering with Emmy Darling.

Garcia's suspension runs from Thursday through Saturday of next week. Through Thursday, Garcia, 23, was sixth in the rider standings with eight wins, 15 behind leader Rafael Bejarano.

Expensive filly Diamond Tags makes debut

The 2-year-old filly Diamond Tags, purchased for $500,000 at Keeneland last September, makes her career debut in Sunday's sixth race at Del Mar. Despite her series of quick workouts in recent weeks, trainer Bob Baffert is not predicting victory for Diamond Tags in the maiden race for fillies over 6 1/2 furlongs.

"They all need one on this stuff," Baffert said of the synthetic main track. "I'm being very careful on this track."

Baffert's stable is off to a slow start at this meeting, having just one victory from its first 25 starters. The stable has had several horses run well, as evidenced by five seconds and six third-place finishes in that span.

Owned by D&E Racing, Diamond Tags, by Seeking the Gold, is one of three first-time starters in the field of nine. Pamona Ball, a Pleasantly Perfect filly, makes her first start for trainer Eoin Harty. Owned by Darley Stable and purchased for $380,000 at the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training, Pamona Ball has drawn the rail.

Harty also runs the first-time starter Idontbelievemyeyes, a Strong Hope filly who was purchased for $280,000 at Keeneland last September.

Of the fillies that have started Annihilation will be well backed. Trained by Dan Hendricks, Annihilation was second in a maiden race at Hollywood Park on July 12, her second start.