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Joe Talamo and Halo Dolly after winning the 2012 Yellow Ribbon Handicap
The Labor Day feature at Del Mar is the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2), formerly known as the Palomar Handicap, for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles over the Jimmy Durante turf course. John C. Mabee (G2) winner City to City was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 8. In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Byrony, second in the Osunitas Stakes last out, and 7-2 third choice Go Forth North, third in the John C. Mabee after finishing 6th in the Wilshire Handicap (G3).
Halo Dolly leads down the stretch
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Halo Dolly Talamo 13.60 6.40 4.60 3 City to City Smith 4.20 3.20 1 Vivo Per Lei Quinonez 9.60 Winning Time: 1:40.52 $1 Exacta 7-3 23.20 $2 Quinella 7-3 24.00 $1 Trifecta 7-3-1 266.50 $1 Superfecta 7-3-1-8 1,170.70Results Chart
Left: Halo Dolly in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said, "We were hoping to get her graded placed. Both my fillies ran really well. Mike (Smith) on City to City had some trouble getting out until late, but then she came running. Joe, it seems like he rides Halo Dolly perfectly whether she's off the pace or up on the pace. I didn't give him too many instructions. I just told him to let her break and then decide where he wanted to sit and if he got her to relax then she'd probably run good for him. Right now I'd just have to say the key to the horse is that she's just a happy horse. Every day is a good day for her. She does her work willingly and rests willingly and everything is good for her right now."
Right: Halo Dolly in the paddock before the race. Jockey Joe Talamo said, "This filly used to want to bust out of the gate and go, but now she's gotten smarter. She's gotten older and she'll settle and run. And that turn of foot she has makes her an especially good grass horse. She turns it on at the end. I was able to get over and in on that first turn and save some ground. That's the key to riding this turf course and most any turf course. You've got to save ground. I've been really lucky at this meet. I'm riding some really good horses. That's what it's all about."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite City to City in the paddock before the race. Jockey Mike Smith said, "I got pinched coming away from there and now I'm all the way in the back. What are you going to do? You've just got to play it out from there. I sure wished I could have gotten out sooner. She came running."
Right: Third place finisher Vivo Per Lei in the post parade. Jockey Alonso Quinonez said, "Tom (Proctor, trainer) told me to follow (pacesetter Broken Dreams) around there. That worked out fine. We were in a good spot coming for home, but we couldn't quite get there."
Native Treasure wins the I'm Smokin Stakes
Winning trainer and co-owner Ed Moger Jr. said, "It's my first stakes win at Del Mar, and I've been coming here for about 20 years, so yes, it feels good to win. The first time we ran him, we ran him in a maiden allowance because he acted like a 2-year-old that could run. He was real athletic. I knew he would run well, and he won, and after that the only places you have to run are stakes. He'd gotten a couple seconds up north, so this was a logical spot for him. I knew it was going to be a tough race, and I knew he's a gutty horse. I knew that if he's good enough and he's on the lead he's going to turn them back because he runs really hard. I could see coming around the turn that those horses were kind of struggling behind him and I thought, ‘Oh, shoot, he may keep on going.'"
Renee's Queen wins the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf
Winnning trainer Eric Guillot said, "When I got her (in July after the Landaluce Stakes) she needed a little TLC health-wise. She had kind of a high respiratory sickness and some little things that were bothering her. She came in heat last race (Aug 8 maiden) and that was the problem. I think she's bred for the grass. After Market (sire), I've watched him air on the grass many times. The reason I bought her was routing on the grass and that proved so. I wasn't sure if she'd held on or not. On the replay it looked like we got the nod. But then when it took so long, I was thinking maybe a dead heat." Jockey Agapito Delgadillo added, "Eric said stay close. I was up there in a good spot all the way. I had a nice hold on her and we were ready. When it came time, she was ready. Close finish, but we got there."
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