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2021 CTT and TOC Stakes

Juan Hernandez and Neige Blanche return after winning the 2021 CTT and TOC Stakes
Date: 08/14/2021

The feature race on Saturday at Del Mar's summer meeting was the $80,000 CTT and TOC Stakes for older fillies and mares going 1 3/8 miles over the Jimmy Durante turf course. Conditions were excellent for mid-August at the seaside oval with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's. Tapwater was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 8 off third place finishes in the Santa Barbara (G3) and Osunitas Stakes. In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Rideforthecause, second in the Santa Barbara before winning the Possibly Perfect, and 7-2 third choice Neige Blanche, winner of the Santa Barbara before finishing third in the Possibly Perfect.

Down the stretch in the CTT and TOC Stakes

Jockey Joe Bravo sent 6-1 Ippodamia's Girl to the lead for the first lap of the firm course through easy fractions of 25.78, 50.53, 1:16.30, and 1:41.94 while pressed by Tapwater and stalked by Rideforthecause. Turning for home, Ippodamia's Girl tired badly to finish last, as Tapwater inherited the lead through 10f in 2:06.07. However, Neige Blanche, 4th early under Juan Hernandez, moved out for room and outfinished 4-1 fourth choice Red Lark to win by 1/2 a length in 2:17.45. It was another 3/4 length back to favorite Tapwater third.

Pgm  Horse               Jockey        Win  Place  Show
 1   Neige Blanche       Hernandez    9.40   4.60  3.20
 7   Red Lark            Smith               4.80  3.20
 4   Tapwater            Rispoli                   2.80
Winning Time:  2:17.45

$1 Exacta  1-7               21.60
$2 Quinella 1-7              23.80
$0.50 Trifecta 1-7-4         34.75
$1 Superfecta 1-7-4-5       164.30
Results Chart

Left: Neige Blanche in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Juan Hernandez said, "I was trying to save ground and make one run at the end. My filly is a pro. She came through that little spot. She fired from the quarter-pole to the wire."

Right: Neige Blanche in the post parade. The Leonard Powell trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 0 seconds, and 3 thirds in 13 starts, earning $242,012 for owners Madaket Stables, Laura De Seroux, Marsha Naify, and Mathilde Powell.

Left: Second place finisher Red Lark in the paddock before the race. The Patrick Gallagher trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds in 19 starts, earning $316,300 for owner Haruya Yoshida.

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Tapwater in the paddock. The Richard Mandella trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds in 12 starts, earning $187,160 for owner-breeder LNJ Foxwoods.

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