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2020 Solana Beach Stakes

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Pulpit Rider returns after winning the Solana Beach
Date: 08/15/2020

The feature race on Saturday at the Del Mar summer meeting was the $125,000 Solana Beach Stakes for older California-bred or sired fillies and mares going 1 mile on the turf. Conditions were typical for the seaside oval in mid August with clear skies, firm turf, and temperatures in the mid 70's. After 2 scratches, just 5 went to post with Mucho Unusual sent off as the 1-2 favorite off her 8th place finish in the Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Cordiality, winner of the Osunitas Stakes, and 6-1 third choice Sedamar, 4th in the Osunitas.
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Pulpit Rider on the outside in the stretch

Jockey Mike Smith sent 9-1 Kitty Boom Boom to a clear lead first time by through fractions of 23.01, 45.98, and 1:10.32 while stalked by Cordiality and Mucho Unusual. Turning for home Kitty Boom Boom tired as Mucho Unusual gained the lead through 7f in 1:22.31. 11-1 longest shot Pulpit Rider, last early under Juan Hernandez, came out 5 wide into the lane and outfinished fellow closer 6-1 Sedamar to win by a nose in 1:34.05. It was 1/2 a length back to favorite Mucho Unusual third.
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Pgm  Horse               Jockey        Win  Place  Show
 5   Pulpit Rider        Hernandez     24.80   8.60  3.40
 1   Sedamar             Blanc                 7.00  3.00
 4   Mucho Unusual       Prat                        2.10

Winning Time:  1:34.05

$1 Exacta 5-1                54.10
$2 Quinella 1-5              43.60
$1 Trifecta 5-1-4            91.80
$1 Superfecta 5-1-4-2       169.50
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Pulpit Rider in the "winner's circle". Winning trainer Mike Puype said, “A great ride. She kind of likes to ease out and get in the middle of the track in her races and I was a little worried for awhile about the fractions. But she always runs her best here at Del Mar and she came running. She was much the best last year when she got DQed but she ran a great race today. Hats off to her for digging for it and hats off to Juan for a great ride. There’s not enough time to run her here again this meet but we’ll show up in November.”

Right: Pulpit Rider in the post parade. Winning jockey Juan Hernandez said, “She broke a little slow, so I didn’t rush with her. She was nice and relaxed, so I felt OK. I waited until the quarter pole and then I asked her. She gave me a good kick. We had to go wide; we had no choice. But she was running. I looked over right at the wire and I saw we won. Close, but we got it.”

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher Sedamar walks over before the race. The Shelbe Ruis trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds in 15 starts, earning $270,654 for owner-breeder Ruis Racing.

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Mucho Unusual in the paddock. The Tim Yakteen trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 4 thirds in 15 starts, earning $522,715 for owner-breeder George Krikorian.

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