Prince Earl earns first stakes win in Del Mar Mile upset

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Flippantly-raced 4-year-old Prince Earl returned from an eight 1/2-month layoff to attain his first stakes win in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2).

Educated through Phil D’Amato and ridden through Geovanni Franco, Prince Earl stored floor all over and snuck via at the within to win through a few period. Grecian Hearth and Sharp Samurai had been in a photograph end for 2nd. 

Prince Earl finished the one-mile travel in 1:33.13 and paid $21.40.

D’Amato stated bringing Prince Earl again in a Grade 2 off this kind of long layoff used to be bold, however the connections have prime hopes for the son of Paddy O’ Prado this 12 months. 

“I do not do that too continuously,” D’Amato mentioned. “He used to be coaching really well and he used to be an overly very talked-about 3-year-old. We ran him in some lovely just right races, however roughly had some unfortunate journeys.

“So we determined to take a large swing right here and possibly get an opportunity to get him into the Breeders’ Cup. It would have labored out.”

The son of Paddy O’ Prado were sidelined since completing fourth within the Hollywood Derby (G1) at Santa Anita ultimate December. He has now gained 3 of 5 begins with profits of greater than $200,00Zero for homeowners Outdated Bones Racing and T. Marshall. 

D’Amato mentioned the plan is for Prince Earl to make yet another get started ahead of a imaginable Breeders’ Cup run. 

“We’re going to give him yet another prep,” D’Amato mentioned. “And expectantly the [Breeders’ Cup selection] committee will take a look at this as a lovely robust race with some grade one winners in right here and provides us an opportunity to run within the Mile.”

Preferred Bowies Hero struggled to search out room overdue when rallying and ignored the board.

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