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Mario Gutierrez celebrates aboard Nyquist after winning the 2015 Del Mar Futurity
Labor Day marks the end of the Del Mar summer meet. The feature race on closing day is the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity Stakes (G1) for 2-year-olds sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Conditions were excellent, with 10,446 fans enjoying sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's. Best Pal Stakes (G2) winner Nyquist was sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the field of 6. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Blameitonthelaw, winner of his debut last out, and 9-1 third choice Swipe, winner of the Summer Juvenile Championship at Los Alamitos.
Nyquist leads in the stretch
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Nyquist Gutierrez 3.00 2.20 2.10 3 Swipe Desormeaux 4.40 2.60 7 Blameitonthelaw Baze 2.40 Winning Time: 1:23.28 $1 Exacta 5-3 6.20 $2 Quinella 5-3 9.60 $1 Trifecta 5-3-7 14.60 $1 Superfecta 5-3-7-8 38.40Results Chart
Left: Nyquist in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Doug O'Neill said, "I thought we had the perfect trip and Mario (Gutierrez) did a great job. This is a super horse and, like any great athlete, it's a matter of staying healthy and if he stays that way he'll do some big things."
Right: Nyquist heads into the paddock. Winning jockey Mario Gutierrez said, "Any other track in the country – if I run a :44 half like that – I'm well in front. Be here they were all coming at me. I used him early, but then I didn't have to use him at all. He just coasted home. He's a nice colt, really nice. Can I compare him to I'll Have Another (on whom he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2012)? No, not really different horses. Remember, I rode ‘Another' as a 3-year-old. This one is only a 2-year-old."
Left: Second place finisher Swipe in the post parade. Jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "The winner was just too good. My horse is still learning. He's getting there. But compliments to the winners on an impressive performance."
Right: Third place finisher Blameitonthelaw in the paddock. Jockey Tyler Baze said, "Good race for him. He needs some seasoning. He'll be a good one."
Jakaby Jade wins the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes
Jockey Alonso Quinonez sent 37-1 shot She's On the Line to the lead first time by and she set fractions of 22.76, 47.41, and 1:12.75 while as many as 2 lengths clear of 16-1 Find Joy. On the far turn the pacesetters tired, as 7-1 Jakaby Jade, 9th early, came through on the rail to get the lead through 7/8 in 1:25.31. One Last Shot, 3rd early, attempted to close but Jakaby Jade easily held on to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:37.63 over the firm going. It was just a nose back to Gomo third, while favorite Imflatoutsweet checked in fifth.
Winning trainer Doug O'Neill said, "Everything has worked out perfectly. This is an average-sized filly and when we worked her over the grass (bullet 4 furlongs in :48.60 four days ago) we were worried we might have overworked her. But she has adjusted to the U.S. very quickly and very well. We got a great ride from Flavien (Prat) getting through on the inside like he did." Kicking off the closing day stakes trio was the $80,000 Pirate's Bounty Stakes for older horses sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. 12-1 Athens dueled with 22-1 Wine Police through fractions of 22.20 and 45.39. 11-10 favorite Big Macher, 8th early after a bobbled start, rallied 5 wide to take over through 5/8 in 57.43. Kept to task by Rafael Bejarano, Big Macher drew off to win by 4 3/4 lengths over 6-1 Cherubim in 1:09.18. It was another 3/4 length back to pacesetter Athens third.
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