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Jockey Juan Hernandez and Havnameltdown with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes after winning the Bob Hope Stakes.
The feature race on the second Sunday of Del Mar's Bing Crosby Season was the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (G3) for two-year-olds sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Conditions were excellent with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70's for the 3,643 fans in attendance at the seaside oval. Originally 7 made final entry but after two scratches, just 5 went to post with Best Pal Stakes (G3) winner Havnameltdown sent off as the 6-5 favorite off his distant second place finish in the Del Mar Futurity (G1). In to challenge him included 7-5 second choice Newgate, fourth in the Del Mar Futurity and then fifth in the Breeders' Futurity (G1), and 9-1 third choice Hard to Figure, winner of the Capote Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Havnameltdown leads in the stretch
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Havnameltdown Hernandez 4.40 2.60 2.10 7 Newgate Velazquez 4.00 2.10 6 Practical Move Van Dyke 2.60 Winning Time: 1:21.68 $1 Exacta 2-7 3.90 $2 Quinella 2-7 3.80 $1 Trifecta 2-7-6 9.70
Left: Havnameltdown in the winner's circle. Jimmy Barnes, assistant to winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "He broke nice and easy today. Before in his races he was sling shotting out of there. Today he was more professional. Our other horse (Hard to Figure) inside of us on the rail was trying to get out into us, but my horse took it well. He’s learning how to run. After we cleared that other horse, I had a nice trip from there."
Right: Havnameltdown in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Juan Hernandez said, "He broke nice and easy today. Before in his races he was slinghotting out of there. Today he was more professional. Our other horse (Hard to Figure) inside of us on the rail was trying to get out into us, but my horse took it well. He’s learning how to run. After we cleared that other horse, I had a nice trip from there."
Left: Second place finisher Newgate in the post parade. The Bob Baffert trainee improved his record to 1 win, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 4 starts, earning $101,975 for owners SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital, and Catherine Donovan.
Right: Third place finisher Practical Move in the paddock before the race. The Tim Yakteen trainee improved his record to 1 win, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 4 starts, earning $74,200 for owners Pierre Jean Amestoy Jr., Leslie Amestoy, and Roger Beasley.
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