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2023 San Clemente Stakes Day

Umberto Rispoli celebrates aboard Anisette after winning the 2023 San Clemente Stakes.
Date: 07/22/2023

The feature race on the first Saturday of the Del Mar summer meet was the $200,000 San Clemente Stakes (G2) for three-year-old fillies going 1 mile on the Jimmy Durante turf course. Conditions were excellent at the seaside oval with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70's for the 14,037 fans in attendance. After Justique failed to draw in as the also-eligible, a full field of 14 went to post with Anisette sent off as the 2-1 favorite off an allowance win at Santa Anita after being imported from England. In to challenge her included 5-1 second choice Delight, off an allowance win after finishing 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) and 5th in the Wait a While Stakes, and 11-2 third choice Spicybug, making her stakes debut off a two race allowance race win streak.

Down the stretch in the San Clemente Stakes.

14-1 Ancient Peace and 34-1 Fast and Shiny dueled for the lead first time by through fractions of 22.33, 46.68, and 1:10.88 while stalked by 15-1 Broadway Girls. Turning for home the pacesetters tired badly as favorite Anisette, 10th early, came out 5 wide and swept to the lead through 7f in 1:23.40. Kept to task by jockey Umberto Rispoli, Anisette drew off late to win by 2 1/2 lengths over 12-1 Ocean Club in 1:34.84. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to late-running 35-1 longest shot And Tell Me Nolies third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey          Win  Place   Show
 3   Anisette           Rispoli        6.20   4.00   3.20
 9   Ocean Club         Van Dyke             10.60   5.80
 5   And Tell Me Nolies Fresu                       15.60

Winning Time:  1:34.84

$1 Exacta 3-9                45.30
$2 Quinella 3-9              55.00
$0.50 Trifecta 3-9-5        436.75
$0.10 Superfecta 3-9-5-14 1,274.05
Results Chart

Left: Anisette in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Leonard Powell said, "I was very happy with the way the race was unfolding. There was plenty of speed and we were looking for the same kind of run as last time. She was very impressive again and a fast time, 1:34 and four. Olders earlier went 1:35."

Right: Anisette in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Umberto Rispoli said, "Good trip for me. I had to use her a little bit on the backside to get her into the spot where I wanted her so we could wait. Then when it came time to go wide, she was there. Terrific closing kick. And I absolutely believe the farther they go, the better she'll be."

Left: Second place finisher Ocean Club in the post parade. The Tom Proctor trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 7 starts, earning $147,600 for owner-breeder Glen Hill Farm.

Right: Third place finisher And Tell Me Nolies in the paddock. The Peter Miller trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 10 starts, earning $509,800 for owner Peter Redekop.

Warrens Candy Girl wins the Osunitas Stakes

An hour before the San Clemente Stakes, the $100,000 Osunitas Stakes featured a full field of 14 older fillies and mares also going 1 mile over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Mizdirection Stakes runner-up Honey Pants was sent off as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite over 5-1 second choice Nevisian Sunrise, unraced since finishing second in an allowance at Saratoga last August, and 6-1 third choice Awake at Midnyte, fifth in the Great Lady M (G2) at Los Alamitos last out.

Jockey Edwin Maldonado sent 22-1 Ladywearsthering to the lead first time by through fractions of 22.24 and 46.24 while pressed by 15-2 Canoodling and stalked by 15-1 Very Scary. On the far turn Ladywearsthering tired allowing Canoodling to inherit the front through 3/4 in 1:10.48 and 7/8 in 1:22.96 before stopping in the lane. 10-1 Warrens Candy Girl, 10th early under Ramon Vazquez, came out 5 wide for room and rallied to win by a length over Awake at Midnyte in 1:35.35. It was another 1/2 length back to Nevisian Sunrise third, while favorite Honey Pants sat midpack early but failed to rally finishing 13th beaten 12 1/2 lengths.

Results Chart

Warrens Candy Girl in the winner's circle. The Craig Lewis trainee improved her record to 6 wins, 6 seconds, and 1 third in 24 starts, earning $499,360 for owner-breeders Benjamin and Sally Warren.

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