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Jockey Mike Smith celebrates aboard Tamara after winning the 2023 Del Mar Debutante
The feature event on Saturday of closing weekend of the Del Mar summer meeting was the $300,000 FanDuel Racing Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) for top 2-year-old fillies on the west coast sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Conditions were typical for early September in San Diego County with the 8,649 fans in attendance under cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 70's. Tamara was sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 12 off her debut won on August 19. In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Chatalas, a debut winner on July 30, and 15-2 third choice Laurent off her debut won on August 13.
Tamara draws off in the stretch
Jockey Umberto Rispoli sent 14-1 Pushiness to the front exiting the chute through fractions of 21.85 and 44.45 while pressed by Tamara and stalked by Chatalas and 11-1 Julias Dream. Turning for home, jockey Mike Smith asked Tamara for run as the favorite surged to a 4 length lead through 3/4 in 1:09.72. Kept to task by Smith, Tamara drew off to win by 6 3/4 lengths over late-running Laurent in 1:22.41. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to 10-1 Gate to Paradise third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 9 Tamara Smith 4.60 3.00 2.60 13 Laurent Maldonado 6.40 4.60 12 Gate to Paradise Desormeaux 4.80 Winning Time: 1:22.41 $1 Exacta 9-13 13.70 $2 Quinella 9-13 12.60 $1 Trifecta 9-13-12 80.70 $1 Superfecta 9-13-12-6 300.80Results Chart
Left: Tamara in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Richard Mandella said, "Very exciting. I expected her to run good but that was a little beyond. Watching it,(Smith) had so much horse he didn't want to restrict her. He just had her do what she wanted to do. She's very quick, so I thought he would put her right there (lay second and up close) and we both agreed to that, just see what everybody else does."
Right: Tamara in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Mike Smith said, "She's been doing things in her training that 2-year-olds aren't supposed to do. She's really special. She's like her mother (Beholder). You don't see that usually. Those great mares they normally don't have great foals. But this one might be. I just held on today. I didn't want to fall off. I had a vision that she'd pull away, but not like that. I let her switch leads and I looked and I was opening up on the field. I hadn't moved a finger. She was doing it all herself. What can I say. She's very special."
Left: Second place finisher Laurent in the paddock before the race. Trainer Peter Eurton said, "She's still very green. She's Grade 1 placed and she's still learning. I watched (Tamara's) maiden win like she was a 5-year-old mare. We have a lot of catching up to do."
Right: Third place finisher Gate to Paradise returns after the race. Jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "I'm proud of her."
Closing Remarks wins the John C. Mabee Stakes
10-1 Free and Humble was quickest out of the chute through an opening quarter of 24.12 before Turnerloose took over on the clubhouse turn to set the pace of 48.22, 1:12.61, and 1:36.76 pressed by Free and Humble and stalked by 17-2 Neige Blanche. Turning for home, favorite Closing Remarks, 5th early under Umberto Rispoli, came out 3 wide for room and rallied to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:48.23. It was a neck back to late-running 10-1 Paris Peacock third.
Left: Closing Remarks in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Umberto Rispoli said, "Look at this point either you go in and you go out. I didn't want to give up too much ground to Oakhurst and I know that this filly does well sprinting late. But as well I now that Turnerloose is a filly that can keep going, and I know that she was going to run well today. I ran my filly basically the way that I was feeling her. She bounced back from the race pretty well. The way she ran today I think she can run 1 1/4."
Right: Closing Remarks returns after the race. Winning trainer Carla Gaines said, "I was a bit nervous to be honest because it was such a slow pace and she was a bit farther back than I expected her to be. But Umberto said 'Don't worry about it, just give me the key,' so that's what I did."
Left: Second place finisher Turnerloose in the post parade. The Phil D'Amato trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 13 starts, earning $675,230 for owners Abbondanza Racing, Medallion Racing, and Dawn and Ike Thrash. .
Right: Third place finisher Paris Peacock in the paddock before the race. The Tom Proctor trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 7 seconds, and 2 thirds in 16 starts, earning $147,560 for owner Glen Hill Farm.
Flattery wins the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf
Jockey Edwin Maldonado sent 44-1 longest shot Bossy Bruin Gal to the lead first time by through fractions of 21.98, 46.33, and 1:12.46 while pressed by 8-1 Tambo and stalked by 19-1 Double Bay. Turning for home the pacesetters tired as Flattery, 7th early under Juan Hernandez, came out 4 wide to sweep to the lead through 7f in 1:24.94. Favorite Loterie, last early under Umberto Rispoli, encountered traffic trouble on the turn, putting in a strong late rally but Flattery held her off by a length in 1:36.86. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Angiolleta third.
Flattery in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Peter Eurton said, "I didn't know if she was going to get out of it because they were kind of trapped a little inside. But once he got her settled it was just a matter of time. He had so much horse. She's kind of jumped up a level since her last. She's more precocious and her last works were more on the bridle. She picked things up pretty quick." Winning jockey Juan Hernandez said, "She broke good, then we took back. I was watching Umberto (Rispoli on Loterie) to see what he was doing. On the turn, he got the jump on me, so I went. I took outside and my filly really ran. She was more professional today than in her first race. She was strong. She's a 2-year-old and she did everything on her own. I saw the opportunity and she picked it up."
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