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2019 Del Mar Mile

Geovanni Franco celebrates aboard Prince Earl after winning the 2019 Del Mar Mile
Date: 08/18/2019

Closing out the stakes action on Pacific Classic weekend was the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2) for older horses going 1 mile around 2 turns of the firm Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Just 11,261 fans were on hand Sunday afternoon at the seaside oval, enjoying sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60's. Bowies Hero was sent off as the 7-5 favorite in the field of 10 off his win in the Eddie Read (G2). In to challenge him included 11-2 second choice Sharp Samurai, 4th in the Eddie Read after finishing 3rd in the American (G3), and 13-2 third choice Bolo, winner of the Shoemaker Mile (G1).

Prince Earl leads down the stretch

Jockey Martin Garcia sent 9-1 What a View to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.20, 46.46, and 1:09.63 while pressed by Bolo and stalked by 11-1 Ohio. Turning for home Whatga View continued to lead through 7f in 1:21.52 but tired badly late. 19-2 Prince Earl, 6th early under Geovanni Franco, came out for room into the lane and ralied to outfinish Sharp Samurai by 3/4 lengths in 1:33.13. It was a nose back to 10-1 Grecian Fire third, while Bowies Hero checked in 5th.

Pgm  Horse                Jockey        Win  Place  Show
 1   Prince Earl        Franco        21.60  11.00  7.60
10   Sharp Samurai      Talamo                6.80  4.40
 7   Grecian Fire       Desormeaux                  6.40

Winning Time:  1:33.13

$1 Exacta 1-10               68.70
$2 Quinella 1-10             59.60
$1 Trifecta 1-10-7          544.20
$1 Superfecta 1-10-7-11   3,540.70
Results Chart

Left: Prince Earl in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Phil D'Amato said, "I thought a lot of him as a 3-year-old. He had some unlucky trips in some pretty strong races his last two as a 3-year-old. We gave him plenty of time off, did a minor throat procedure on him and he's come back with a vengeance as a 4-year-old. We decided to take a big shot here and got a great ride by Geovanni Franco."

Right: Prince Earl heads back to the barn after the race.

Left: Prince Earl in the post parade.

Right: Prince Earl returns after the race. Winning jockey Geovanni Franco said, "Phil said 'He's going to run big; just be patient.' I had the good post (No. 1) to save ground on the grass and it worked out just that way. He was very responsive to me all the way around. When I asked him, he had a nice kick. It was a lovely ride."

Left: Second place finisher Sharp Samurai in the paddock before the race. Jockey Joe Talamo said, "I had a perfect trip. Sat behind the leaders, then he cut it loose in the lane. I thought I was going to win it there for a bit, but could only get second."

Right: Third place finisher Grecian Fire returns after the race. Jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "I could have used some climate control. We were in tight all the way and the horse outside me pushed me down inside for most of the trip. Other than that, it was good."

Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Bowies Hero in the post parade. The 7-5 choice trailed by 6 1/2 lengths early under jockey Flavien Prat but steadied late, passing tired horses to finish 5th beaten 2 lengths. The Phil D'Amato trainee has a record of 7 wins, 1 second, and 3 thirds in 20 starts, earning $878,970 for owners Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, Madaket Stables, and Rockin Robin Racing Stable.

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