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2002 Pacific Classic


War Emblem is the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Pacific Classic.
Date: 08/22/02

The Grade 1 Pacific Classic is the highlight of the Del Mar summer stakes calendar. The $1 million race at the classic American distance of 1 1/4 miles for the 3-year-olds and up will have its 12th running on Sunday August 25th.

This year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Haskell winner War Emblem is the morning line favorite at 2-1 in a large field of 14 runners, the largest ever for the race. This will be the first time taking on older horses for War Emblem and Came Home, the only 3-year-olds entered, which gives them a seven pound weight break. Trainer Bob Baffert said: "With this horse and his style, post position did not mean a whole lot. Anywhere in the middle was fine by me. The main thing with this horse is if he breaks right. If he breaks right, we're going to be fine."

The second favorite is Frank Stronach's Milwaukee Brew at 3-1. Trainer Bobby Frankel is hoping for a fast pace to develop similar to his win in the Santa Anita Handicap. Jockey Kent Desormeaux said: "My job will be to determine how far back I'll be according to how they're moving along in front of me. I hope the mount I have will afford me the luxury of placing him where he needs to be to catch them in the last quarter of a mile. My eyes will be on Speedy Pick and Sky Jack -- he's got a lot speed -- and War Emblem, and the best-case scenario would have those three guys run off up there, and we'll be coming to get them late."

Post time for the Pacific Classic is 3:40 pm PDT and it will be broadcast on ESPN from 5:00-6:00pm EDT. Free past performances are available from Equibase and Daily Racing Form. Free selections are available from Bet Glen 2 Win. Below is the field for the Pacific with program numbers, post positions, and odds. All horses carry 124 lbs. except War Emblem and Came Home who carry 117 because they are 3-year-olds.


Pacific Classic
Who will win the Pacific Classic?

Bosque Redondo
Came Home
Jimmy Z
Momentum
Sky Jack
Bonus Pack
War Emblem
Pleasantly Perfect
Milwaukee Brew
Sienne
Grey Memo
Tapatio
Speedy Pick
Nate's Colony

The Pacific Classic

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 1 1/4 miles
#PP  Horse  Trainer  Jockey  M/L
Odds
14 Bosque Redondo Gonzalez   Flores 8-1
1A9 Came Home Gonzalez   Smith 8-1
21 Jimmy Z McAnally   Calenzuela 30-1
32 Momentum Dollase   Gomez 6-1
43 Sky Jack O'Neill   Pincay 6-1
55 Bonus Pack Proctor   Castanon 20-1
66 War Emblem Baffert   Espinoza 2-1
77 Pleasantly Perfect Mandella   Solis 15-1
810 Milwaukee Brew Frankel   Desormeaux 3-1
911 Sienne McAnally   Baze 30-1
1013 Grey Memo Stute   Delahoussaye 10-1
1114 Tapatio McAnally   Nakatani 30-1
128 Speedy Pick Jones   Blanc 30-1
12B12 Nate's Colony Carava   Pedroza 30-1

More on Del Mar

Check back for results late Sunday evening.

All photos ©2002 Cindy Pierson Dulay

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