Saturday, Del MarLA JOLLA H.-GII
, $151,000, DMR, 8-10, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:39 4/5, fm.
1--DICE FLAVOR, 120, c, 3, by Scat Daddy 1st Dam: Afleet Summer, by Afleet 2nd Dam: Steal the Thunder, by Lyphard 3rd Dam: That's a Kennedy, by Kennedy Road
($80,000 yrl '11 KEESEP; $100,000 2yo ‘12 BESMAY). O-Oda Racing
Stable & US Equine; B-Paget Bloodstock, Nearctic Bloodstock &
Carhue Investments (KY); T-Patrick Gallagher; J-Garrett K Gomez.
$90,000. Lifetime Record: 9-3-0-3, $274,500. *1/2 to Carolina Sky
(Sky Classic), MSW, $174,922; Swift Warror (First Samurai), MGSW,
$466,853; . Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 120, c, 3, Medaglia d'Oro
--Sunshine Song, by War
Chant. ($150,000 wlng '10 KEENOV). O-Westrock Stables LLC;
B-Gaye Swartz (FL); T-Bob Baffert. $30,000.
, 115, c, 3, Simon Pure--Bourbon Night, by Arch.
($52,000 2yo ‘12 OBSJUN). O-Robbie Norman; B-Jacqueline Fleck
(FL); T-Mark Glatt.$18,000.
Margins: HF, NK, 1. Odds: 8.90, 8.50, 8.60.
Also Ran: Dry Summer, Si Sage (Fr), Uno Dos Adios, Freakin Rocket, Greeley Awesome, Rosengold. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.
Dice Flavor, a clear winner of the GIII El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Feb. 16 the last time he found the winner’s circle, launched a fierce rally to get up in the dying strides and upset this well-matched group. Off the board when tried in the G2 UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba in March, Dice Flavor returned to the States to be fourth in the GIII Affirmed H. over Betfair Hollywood Park’s synthetic June 2. An improved third in the nine-furlong GII Swaps S. over the same track, Dice Flavor was returning to the grass for the first time since early February. He was second last under Garrett Gomez as part of a strung-out field, with Rosengold (Stormello) throwing down the gauntlet through unreasonably fast opening fractions. As that one tired, Den’s Legacy emerged with the lead in upper stretch, but Dice Flavor sliced through a seam from far back and got up to deny him the victory. “This is special; it eases some of the pain,” said Gomez, back riding for the first time since July 14 due to alcohol-related issue. “I’m so happy to be back. And I’m so glad the fans were so supportive. This is a very special moment.”
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