Jockey Draden Van Dyke guides Prime Pace to th winner’s circle after their victory within the Grade III, $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes, Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Membership, Del Mar CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
Gary and Mary West’s Prime Pace, a $350,000 acquire as a yearling, seemed value each cent Saturday as he outdueled highly-regarded Strongconstitution to win Del Mar’s featured Grade III $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes in convincing style.
Prime Pace, a son of High quality Highway despatched off at odds of even-money, went to the entrance on the wreck, carefully adopted by way of 4-Five appreciated Strongconstitution. The 2 became the Hope Stakes right into a digital fit race and got here into the stretch head-and-head for command.
Prime Pace spoke back to the urging of jockey Drayden Van Dyke within the ultimate furlong to step by step draw off from Strongconstitution, ridden by way of Abel Cedillo, and rating by way of a period and one-quarter in 1:23.16 for the seven furlongs.
3rd within the box of 4 two-year-olds was once Zimba Warrior, 4 and one-half lengths in the back of the runner-up and 8 and one-half lengths forward of Rager. Scratched from the competition had been Howbeit and Thousand Phrases.
Prime Pace, two-for-two in his transient occupation, supplied instructor Bob Baffert along with his fourth luck in six runnings of the Bob Hope Stakes. First cash of $60,000 higher the colt’s income to $90,000.
With simplest 4 runners, there was once no display wagering. Prime Pace paid $Four and $2.10, whilst Strongconstitution returned $2.10 to put.
Racing resumes Sunday, with first put up 12:30. Featured at the eight-race program would be the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares at seven furlongs at the primary monitor.
DRAYDEN VAN DYKE (Prime Pace, winner) – “I used to be loaded the entire approach. He is a quick horse, I knew that; I broke him out of the gate the opposite morning. I were given away with some lovely simple fractions right here, so I used to be feeling excellent about that. I advised Bob (instructor Bob Baffert) that he was once simply hitting his highest stride as we went previous the cord. He is a pleasant one.”
ABEL CEDILLO (Strongconstitution, 2d) – “I needed to move after him; I could not wait. He (the winner) and I figured as the 2 horses within the race. So I could not let him escape. On the three-eighths (pole) I believed I had the pony (to win). However he simply were given somewhat drained on the finish.”
JOSE VALDIVIA, JR. (Zimba Warrior, 3rd) – “He gave it a excellent take a look at.”
BOB BAFFERT (Prime Pace, winner) – “He treated the whole lot neatly for his 2d out. It is all the time a tricky check after you wreck a maiden and he did not have numerous time between races. However the way in which he labored we idea he would run neatly. I preferred the way in which that after that different horse (Strongconstitution) got here to him he dug in and took off once more. And that’s the reason a pleasant horse that ran 2d.”
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