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Jockey Heriberto Figueroa aboard Bob and Jackie after winning the Let It Ride Stakes.
The feature race on the first Saturday of the 2019 Bing Crosby fall meeting at Del Mar was the $75,000 Let It Ride Stakes, a 1 mile Jimmy Durante Turf test for 3-year-olds, restricted to non-winners of $60,000 stakes races at 1 mile or over, other than state-bred. Conditions were excellent at the historic seaside oval, with clear skies and a high of 80 degrees. Ocean Fury was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 5 off his disappointing 10th place finish in the Twilight Derby (G2) just a week ago. In to challenge him included 9-4 second choice Bob and Jackie, unraced since winning the Eddie Logan at Santa Anita last December, and 4-1 third choice Golden Birthday, 4th in an allowance last out.
Down the stretch in the Let It Ride Stakes
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Bob and Jackie Figueroa 6.60 4.00 2.60 1 Proud Pedro Bejarano 4.20 2.40 3 Ocean Fury Franco 2.20 Winning Time: 1:34.97 $1 Exacta 5-1 15.70 $2 Quinella 1-5 18.00 $0.50 Trifecta 5-1-3 17.60 $1 Superfecta 5-1-3-2 83.20
Left: Bob and Jackie in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Richard Baltas said, "He was ready at Santa Anita, but this seemed like a better spot. I was able to get a couple more works into him. I didnít think he got the bob."
Right: Bob and Jackie in the paddock before the race. Asked about the long layoff, Baltas added, "He had an injury to a hind pastern, his right hind, a hairline fracture. We put a screw in it. Took our time and he came back 100 percent." He said that the Hollywood Derby (G1) in 3 weeks is "too quick back".
Left: Second place finisher Proud Pedro in the paddock before the race. The 9-2 fourth choice was last early under Rafael Bejarano, rallied well but just missed. The Leonard Powell trainee improved his record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 6 starts, earning $79,519 for owners Benowitz Family Trust, Madaket Stables, and Mark Mathiesen.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Ocean Fury in the paddock. The 8-5 choice sat 4th early under Geovanni Franco then rallied to finish 3rd beaten just 3/4 length. The Doug O'Neill trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 0 seconds, and 1 third in 10 starts, earning $114,285 for owners Great Friends Stable, Neil Haymes, Leandro Mora, and Mark Schlesinger.
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