English Channel's Flying Scotsman Dominates Cecil DeMille

6th at DMR, Gr. Stk, $100,000GIII Cecil B. DeMille S. (1m)Winner: Flying Scotsman, r, 2 by English Channel

Flying Scotsman | Benoit Photo

Flying Scotsman, a clear favorite in the six-horse GIII Cecil B. DeMille S. Sunday, justified the public's confidence with a romping victory in his first try against winners. Third sprinting on the local lawn Aug. 8, the Calumet homebred stretched out effectively to don cap and gown by a nose going this distance at Santa Anita Sept. 29. He sat in a clear second early as Vantastic showed the way through splits of :23.02 and :46.92. The chestnut turned up the heat on the frontrunner midway around the bend, seized command in upper stretch and bounded away with powerful strides to put a significant gap between he and the competition at the wire. Rijeka edged Vantastic for second.

“He doesn't act like a 2-year-old; he's very professional,” said winning rider Flavien Prat. “When I asked him today, he gave me a very good kick. He feels like he'll run on and on.”

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer added, “He's done very well since we've had him. Usually I like to sprint them twice, but he didn't seem to like that, so we put him at a mile the second time out and he liked that. Since then, he's trained very well and looks like a pretty good prospect. He rated perfectly today and he had a great trip. I think we'll stay on the grass with him in the future, if that's possible.”

Sunday, Del Mar
CECIL B. DEMILLE S.-GIII, $100,000, Del Mar, 11-25, 2yo, 1mT, 1:34.44, fm.
1–FLYING SCOTSMAN, 120, r, 2, by English Channel
                1st Dam: Padmore, by French Deputy
                2nd Dam: Double Lock (GB), by Home Guard
                3rd Dam: St Padina, by St. Paddy (GB)
O/B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Jerry Hollendorfer; J-Flavien Prat.
$60,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-1, $97,200. *1/2 to King of
Sydney (Diesis {GB}), GSW-Ger & GSP-Fr, $182,371; Barracks
Road (Elusive Quality), MSW, $369,645; Leigh Court (Grand
Slam), Ch. 3yo Filly-Can, MGSW, $778,793; Star Hill (Elusive
Quality), MGSP, $246,393; and Bon Raison (Raison d'Etat), SP,
$150,200. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Rijeka (Ire), 120, c, 2, Roderic O'Connor (Ire)–Pelican
Waters (Ire), by Key of Luck. (€2,500 RNA Wlg '16 GOFNOV;
€8,500 Ylg '17 TIRSEP). O-Slam Dunk Racing & Michael
Nentwig; B-Ms A. Sammon (IRE); T-Richard Baltas. $20,000.
3–Vantastic, 120, c, 2, Dialed In–Lemon Secretary, by Lemon
Drop Kid. ($45,000 RNA Ylg '17 KEESEP). O-Ciaglia Racing LLC,
Sharon Alesia & Paul Van Doren; B-David Berman (FL); T-Peter
Eurton. $12,000.
Margins: 4 1/4, HF, 5 1/4. Odds: 1.00, 4.30, 2.40.
Also Ran: Takeo Squared, Sayin Grace. Scratched: Irish Heatwave. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pedigree Notes:

Flying Scotsman is the 41st stakes winner and 18th graded winner for his sire. His second dam is English SW/GSP Double Lock (GB) (Home Guard), herself the dam of two group winners. The very productive Padmore, who was purchased by Calumet principal Brad Kelley's Bluegrass Hall while carrying MGSP Star Hill (Elusive Quality) at the 2012 Keeneland January sale, produced another Elusive Quality colt in 2017. After failing to get in foal last year, she visited Bal a Bali (Brz) earlier this term.

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