Horse racing notes: Del Mar summer meet starts July 21


(Through Thursday)


Juan Hernandez / 33

Edwin Maldonado / 12

Frankie Dettori / 10

Tiago Pereira / 10

Two tied / 9


Bob Baffert / 17

Doug O’Neill / 12

Philip D’Amato / 11

Steve Knapp / 11

Mark Glatt / 10



• $100,000 Grade III Sweet Life Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside turf course


• $100,000 Lady of Shamrock Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, 1 mile (turf)


• Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 opens Friday with Forte the 8-1 individual betting favorite among the 39 individual betting interests along with the option of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” who are not listed. Pool 4, which includes $2 win and exacta wagering, will begin at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Sunday. Instant Coffee is 12-1 and Verifying is 15-1. All Other 3-Year-Olds is 2-1. None of Bob Baffert’s horses are eligible because his horses have been banned by Churchill Downs for this year’s Derby.

• Forte, Arabian Knight, Instant Coffee, Cave Rock and Newgate comprise the top five in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association 3-Year-Old rankings. Three of the five – Arabian Knight, Cave Rock and Newgate – are trained by Baffert. Rounding out the top 10 are Rocket Can, Victory Formation, Reincarnate, Blazing Sevens and Havnameltdown. Baffert has said he will keep Havnameltdown around one turn and is not pointing the son of Uncaptured to the Derby.

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• Del Mar’s summer meet will begin Friday, July 21, and run through Sunday, Sept. 10, track officials announced Thursday. The $1 million Pacific Classic, the centerpiece of the meet, will be run Saturday, Sept. 2. Last year’s Pacific Classic was won by 2022 Horse of the Year Flightline by a record 19¼ lengths. Del Mar’s fall meet runs from Friday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 3. Tickets for the summer meet go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12.

— Art Wilson

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