So how would you rate the 29th Pacific Classic Day?… About like any other day at Del Mar…FANTASTIC!!!
With five graded stakes races on the card, Pacific Class Day 2019 was a huge success. Lots of fantastic horses ran for glory in the Southern California sun and a few of them may have stamped themselves as runners to be reckoned with in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the top performers.
Fighting Mad put on a show in the Torrey Pines for trainer Bob Baffert. After news earlier in the week of Game Winner’s sickness and scratch from the Travers Stakes, this three-year old filly brought a smile to the Baffert barn with a big run. Winning the one mile race by a whopping 8 lengths, this daughter of New Years Day picked up her third win in five lifetime starts.
The Del Mar Handicap saw Acclimate take’m gate to wire in the mile and three eighths run over the Jimmy Durante turf course. This Phil D’Amato trained five-year old picked up his third win in his last four starts over a salty group of grass runners. What speaks even higher of this son of Acclamation is the fact he has now made 10 starts this year. With a ticket now punched to the Breeders’ Cup Turf, this California-bred should represent the Golden State in fine fashion come November at the Cup.
In what may have been an omen of horse racing in the game of life, Higher Power put on a powerful display in winning the day’s main event. Under the expert ride of jockey Flavien Prat, this John Sadler trained four-year old made an early move and left the rest of the field in his dust Perhaps this will establish this son of Medaglia d’Oro as a player in the handicap division at the classic distances. With a spot secured in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Higher Power will look to continuing rewarding the faith his team displayed in him by entering him in this grade 1 event.