Updated on 09/15/2011 12:48PM

Out of Mind's work fails to impress


DEL MAR, Calif. - Out of Mind, a graded stakes winner in 2000, may not have done enough in a one-mile workout Saturday to earn a start in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Sunday.

Out of Mind, a 6-year-old, worked a mile in 1:39, the only recorded work at the distance on Saturday. It failed to impress trainer Richard Mandella.

"It wasn't so good that I'd say, I'd run," Mandella said. "I'll sit on it and see how he's doing. The time was fine, but it wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be."

Out of Mind will be a longshot if he starts in the Pacific Classic. Bred in Brazil, Out of Mind has made one start this year, finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 7. In 2000, he won the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Without Out of Mind, a field of five is likely for the Pacific Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles. The probables are Skimming, Futural, and Captain Steve - the first three finishers of the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap on July 29; Dixie Dot Com, a two-time stakes winner at Lone Star Park this spring; and Until Sundown, who was second in the Swaps Stakes on July 15.

Skimming, the defending champion, likely will be favored. He is trained by Bobby Frankel, who has won half of the 10 runnings of the Pacific Classic, including four in a row from 1992 to 1995. Skimming is attempting to join Tinners Way (1994-95) as a repeat winner.

Big stakes week

The Pacific Classic is the richest race of the meeting and one of four graded stakes in the upcoming racing week.

On Wednesday, Officer, who won the Graduation Stakes for California-breds on July 25, makes his graded stakes debut in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Officer is unbeaten in two starts, having won a maiden race at Hollywood Park on July 6. He will face a short field, which is expected to include Essence of Dubai, Metatron, and Werblin.

On Saturday, Voodoo Dancer, the winner of the Lake George at Saratoga on July 30, returns to California for the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks over 1 1/8 miles on turf. She is trained in New York by Christophe Clement.

Voodoo Dancer faces a strong field of Innit and Live Your Dreams, the first two finishers in the Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 1; Affluent, the winner of the Hollywood Oaks on July 14; and Reine de Romance, the winner of the San Clemente Handicap on July 29.

Sunday's $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap will be headed by Go Go, one of the nation's top female sprinters, who is seeking her sixth stakes win of the year. Trained by Warren Stute, Go Go worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 on Saturday, the fastest of 15 works recorded at the distance.

The Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo is run at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Pincay wins 9,200th

Laffit Pincay Jr. won the third race Saturday aboard Sturge Weber to reach the 9,200-win milestone in his career.

Pincay had two winners on the Friday card. His second winner came aboard Bricks and Ivy in the restricted Relaunch Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf. Trained by Tom Proctor, Bricks and Ivy ran a mile on turf in 1:34.85, finishing 2 1/2 lengths in front of Macabe, the 7-5 favorite.

Bricks and Ivy was at the back of the field for the first half-mile and rallied on the final turn to reach contention. Previously, Bricks and Ivy won a maiden race on turf at Santa Anita and an allowance race on turf at Arlington Park.

Through Friday's races, Pincay was within two wins of Alex Solis, who led all jockeys with 18 wins. Those two were followed by Mike Smith, who has 15 wins, and Jose Valdivia and Victor Espinoza, who have won 13 races.

High Margin hale and hearty again

High Margin proved she has returned just fine from a hind-end injury with a front-running win in a one-mile turf race Friday. Ridden by Smith, High Margin was timed in 1:33.87, finishing three lengths in front of Al Desima.

Trainer Craig Dollase said the Ken Maddy Handicap on the hillside course at Santa Anita on Sept. 26 is a long-term goal, but would like to find another race for the 4-year-old High Margin before the Del Mar meeting ends on Sept. 5.

Friday's race was High Margin's second start of 2001. Last year, she won two stakes, including the Harold Ramser Stakes at Santa Anita.

"She showed she's back," Dollase said. "She's taken to the turf really well."

* Notable Career, the winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes last October, worked five furlongs in 1:25.40 on Saturday. A 3-year-old, she is being pointed for the Torrey Pines Stakes on Aug. 31, according to trainer Bob Baffert.