DEL MAR Cal­laghan in po­si­tion to com­plete rare feat

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Jay Priv­man – ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Steve An­der­sen

DEL MAR, Calif. – Si­mon Cal­laghan has put him­self in po­si­tion to sweep the Grade 1 races for 2-year-olds at Del Mar the fi­nal week­end of the meet, some­thing only three train­ers have done in the past 25 years.

“It’s why we do it, isn’t it?” Cal­laghan said Mon­day morn­ing. “We have [horses] that are good enough, ob­vi­ously top con­tenders in their di­vi­sions.”

Cal­laghan will send out the un­beaten colt Run Away in the Del Mar Fu­tu­rity on clos­ing­day Mon­day, and will en­ter – and likely run – Moon­shine Mem­o­ries in the Del Mar Debu­tante for fil­lies Satur­day. Both races are worth $300,000 and are at seven fur­longs.

Should he win both, Cal­laghan would match the feats of Bob Baf­fert, who won both in the same year five times – in 2012, 2001 and from 1997-99 – as well as Richard Man­della in 2003, and Ron McAnally in 1994.

Run Away com­pleted his se­ri­ous prepa­ra­tion for the Fu­tu­rity on Mon­day, one week in front of the race, with a halfmile drill in 47.80 sec­onds that was ac­com­plished as easy as one might want.

“That was per­fect,” Cal­laghan said. “He seems to be lov­ing this track. He’s on a per­fect path, it seems.”

Run Away won the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes here in his last start Aug. 12. His Fu­tu­rity ri­vals are ex­pected to in­clude Bolt d’Oro, Dia de Pago, Fleet­wood, Gracida, Soul Streit, Tat­ters to Riches, and Zat­ter.

Dia de Pago, run­ner-up in the Best Pal, worked five fur­longs Mon­day in 1:00.40 for trainer Vladimir Cerin.

Moon­shine Mem­o­ries, win­ner of her de­but on Aug. 19, would be wheel­ing back in just two weeks for the Debu­tante, which is one rea­son Cal­laghan wanted to see how she han­dled a work­out on Sun­day, when she went a half-mile in 49.40 sec­onds. On Mon­day, Cal­laghan said Moon­shine Mem­o­ries “seems to have come out of the race re­ally well and is show­ing all the right signs.”

In ad­di­tion to Moon­shine Mem­o­ries, those ex­pected to en­ter the Debu­tante on Wed­nes­day in­clude Danc­ing Belle, Gabrielleel­iz­a­beth, Gas Sta­tion Sushi, Just a Smidge, Piedi Bianchi, Poetic, and Spec­ta­tor, who worked five fur­longs in 1:01.20 on Mon­day.

Seven stakes over three days

The Del Mar Debu­tante and Del Mar Fu­tu­rity are the rich­est and most sig­nif­i­cant of the seven stakes that will be run over the fi­nal three days of the Del Mar meet, which ends Mon­day, and there will be mul­ti­ple stakes all three days.

Sup­port­ing the Debu­tante on Satur­day is the Grade 2, $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes. The Mabee is a 1 1/8-mile grass race for fe­males that could have a max­i­mum field of 14, in­clud­ing Cam­bo­dia, Pretty Girl, and Am­boseli, the top three in the Grade 2 Yel­low Rib­bon Aug. 5.

Also ex­pected for the Mabee are Bar­ley­sugar, Decked Out, Fren­z­i­fied, Hill­house High, In­sta Erma, Jeremy’s Legacy, Lady Valeur, Madame Stripes, Ma­jes­tic Heat, and Mrs. McDou­gal. Both Goodyear­for­roses and Har­mo­nize are pos­si­ble.

An­other large field is shap­ing up for the Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Derby on Sun­day, with La Jolla win­ner Sharp Samu­rai top­ping a ros­ter ex­pected to in­clude Arms Run­ner, Big Score, Bowies Hero, Colonist, Dou­ble Touch, Har­bour Mas­ter, Kings River King, Mar­ckie’s Wa­ter, Ritzy A.P., and Sorry Erik. Fash­ion Busi­ness and Mon­ster Man also are pos­si­ble for the 1 1/8-mile grass race for 3-year-olds.

Also Sun­day is the $100,000 Del Mar Ju­ve­nile Turf at one mile for 2-year-olds, with Del Mar turf maiden win­ners Bom­bardeo and En­cum­bered among those ex­pected.

The Fu­tu­rity is one of three stakes on the clos­ing-day card Mon­day. Also Mon­day is the $100,000 Del Mar Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf at one mile – with maiden turf win­ners Medaglia Gold and Mul­ti­player top­ping the field – and the $75,000 CERF Stakes for fe­male sprint­ers, in which 3-year-olds Miss Sun­set and Noted and Quoted are ex­pected to take on their el­ders over six fur­longs.

Par­adise Woods ‘stiff and sore’

Par­adise Woods, who fin­ished sixth of seven as the heavy fa­vorite in the Tor­rey Pines Stakes at Del Mar on Sun­day af­ter stum­bling at the start, was “stiff and sore” Mon­day morn­ing, trainer Richard Man­della said.

“She scram­bled pretty badly leav­ing the gate,” Man­della said. “It was her own fault. She freaked out in the gate. She looks fine other than be­ing a lit­tle stiff, and her back’s a lit­tle sore.”

The Tor­rey Pines was the first start since the Ken­tucky Oaks for Par­adise Woods, who won the Santa Anita Oaks in April.

◗ Cham­pagne Room, last year’s cham­pion 2-year-old filly, con­tin­ued her strong se­ries of works for her re­turn with a five­fur­long move in 1:00 on Mon­day morn­ing for trainer Pete Eur­ton.

◗ Test win­ner Amer­i­can Gal worked a half-mile in 49.60 sec­onds for trainer Si­mon Cal­laghan. She is ex­pected to have one race, yet to be cho­sen, prior to the Breed­ers’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.

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