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2017 Pacific Classic Entries and Workout Photos

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Arrogate on Wednesday morning at Del Mar. Notice the name plate on his halter: Big A
Date: 08/17/2017

The highlight race of the Del Mar meeting is the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (G1), featuring the best older horses of the west coast going 1 1/4 miles over the dirt, and is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Classic. Here is the entire field for the Pacific Classic, from the rail out, with riders and morning line odds. Free past performances are available here.

  1.   Royal Albert Hall   (Corey Nakatani, 30-1)
  2.   Collected   (Martin Garcia, 5-2)
  3.   Accelerate   (Victor Espinoza, 3-1)
  4.   Sorry Erik   (Kent Desormeaux, 30-1)
  5.   Hard Aces   (Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1)
  6.   Donworth   (Mario Gutierrez, 15-1)
  7.   Curlin Road   (Flavien Prat, 20-1)
  8.   Arrogate   (Mike Smith, 1-1)

Here are some photos from the morning works this week. Click on the small photo to see a larger version.

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Arrogate cools out back at the barn before his bath on Monday. Arrogate put in his final work before Pacific Classic on Monday when he went four furlongs in :47.60. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 and six furlongs in 1:14.20. You can watch a video of the work here.
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Arrogate getting a bath and then wearing his Breeders' Cup blanket. Arrogate drew the outside post as the 1-1 favorite for the race on Saturday. "It's a good draw, I'm happy with it," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said of the post for Arrogate, the No. 1 rated and all-time highest earning horse in North America with earnings of more than $17 million in nine career starts.
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Arrogate was quite frisky on Wednesday morning and seemed to want to do more than walk around the track the wrong way. After his work on Monday, he walked the shedrow Tuesday then just walked the track on Wednesday.
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Arrogate galloped on Thursday morning at Del Mar.
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Accelerate galloped on Thursday morning at Del Mar. Accelerate defeated Arrogate by 15 1/4 lengths in the San Diego Handicap (G2) a month ago.
horse racinghorse racingCollected galloped on Wednesday morning for trainer Bob Baffert. Collected drew post 2 and was assigned morning line odds of 5-2 for the Pacific Classic. "It's (the draw) not that big of a deal," Baffert continued Wednesday morning. "In a mile-and-a-quarter race there's a long run to the turn to get positioned. I would have preferred to have Collected more outside, but he should be fine from where he is."
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Curlin Road galloped on Thursday morning at Del Mar. Curlin Road, who won the Cougar II Handicap (G3) at Del Mar last out, drew post 7 for the Pacific Classic. "I'm very happy with the draws for both of them," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "I like the fact that they're a little more to the outside."
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Donworth galloped on Thursday morning at Del Mar. Donworth drew the No. 6 post position for the Pacific Classic. Donworth finished second to Accelerate in the San Diego Handicap (G2) last month, also beating Arrogate. "Donworth is a big, strong, athletic horse like Lava Man and he has speed like Lava Man did," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "He has been plagued with injuries, but right now he's really in top shape."
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Looking out the backside gap toward the grandstand at Del Mar and sunrise over the backside.

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