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2003 Pacific Classic

Medaglia d'Oro, morning line favorite for the Pacific Classic.

Updated: 08/22/2003


Led by triple millionaire Medaglia d'Oro, five horses were entered for Sunday's 13th running of Del Mar's $1-million, Grade I Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles on the main track. Set to tackle the Robert Frankel-trained 4-year-old are Milwaukee Brew, the two-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap who also is trained by Frankel, the undefeated Argentine-bred Candy Ride, and Fleetstreet Dancer, who has won nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone has been assigned to ride the undefeated Argentine-bred Candy Ride in Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Krone, who is the second leading rider at the Del Mar meet, replaces Gary Stevens, who suffered a collapsed lung and a fractured vertebra in a freak spill at the finish of Saturday's Arlington Million at Arlington Park. Candy Ride was winner of two Group I races in Argentina plus the Grade II American Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 4.

Milwaukee Brew, the other Bobby Frankel entry in the Pacific Classic.
Medaglia d'Oro, owned by Edmund Gann, and the Frank Stronach-owned Milwaukee Brew will carry Hall of Fame trainer Robert Frankel's hopes for a seventh victory in the Pacific Classic. Milwaukee Brew finished third to Came Home in last year's running, following two straight wins by Frankel trainee Skimming in 2000 and 2001. Frankel had won four straight earlier in the series: Missionary Ridge in 1992, Bertrando in 1993 and Tinners Way in 1994 and '95. Jerry Bailey will ride Medaglia d'Oro and Edgar Prado has the call on Milwaukee Brew. Trainer Frankel is expected at Del Mar on Sunday morning and will return to New York soon after Sunday's race.

The Pacific Classic will be televised on ESPN from 5:00-6:00pm EDT along with the Ballerina Stakes from Saratoga. You can also watch it online on the live video feed from Del Mar.

Here is the field for the 13th running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (Gr. 1). All horses carry 124 pounds. Free past performances are available here from Daily Racing Form.

1 Fleetstreet Dancer Doug O'Neill Tyler Baze 20-1
2 Medaglia d'Oro Robert Frankel Jerry Bailey 1-1
3 Candy Ride Ron McAnally Julie Krone 6-5
4 Kudos Richard Mandella Alex Solis SCR
5 Milwaukee Brew Robert Frankel Edgar Prado 3-1

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