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Egg Drop turns pink after winning the 2013 Yellow Ribbon Handicap
The Labor Day feature at Del Mar is the $150,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles over the Jimmy Durante turf course. Just 11,424 fans came out to the seaside oval under cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 80's. Solano Beach Handicap winner Halo Dolly was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 9 over 3-1 second choice Egg Drop, second in the Royal Heroine Mile (G2), and 11-2 third choice Closing Range, winner of the Osunitas last out.
Egg Drop leads down the stretch
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show3 5 Egg Drop Garcia 13.60 6.40 4.60 10 Appealing Blanc 4.20 3.20 1 My Gi Gi Gomez 9.60 Winning Time: 1:40.50 $1 Exacta 5-10 120.20 $2 Quinella 5-10 162.60 $1 Trifecta 5-10-1 660.00 $1 Superfecta 5-10-1-7 2,525.50Results Chart
Left: Egg Drop in the winner's circle. Trainer Mike Mitchell said, "If they would have taken us down (through stewards' inquiry) it would have broken my heart. From the time I've had her I've been trying to win a stakes with her. And when we saw what she did on the grass (last two starts) we said, 'OK, no dirt, no synthetics just grass from here on out.' I think Martin rides her very well. She's not just a speed horse, she can sit off the pace and then make a run."
Right: Egg Drop in the post parade. Jockey Martin Garcia said, "I let her run free early; she was going so good. I had a lot of horse turning for home and she ran well. I didn't think I did anything (concerning the inquiry). I think it was more a case of (Appealing) coming out; not me. I think the stewards made a good decision. I never heard Garrett (Gomez aboard My Gi Gi) or his horse behind me."
Left: Second place finisher Appealing in the post parade. Jockey Brice Blanc said, "I drifted out a little bit at the end, but not enough to make a difference. If anyone was at fault, it would have to be the winner. She came over and closed the gap on (My Gi Gi)."
Right: Third place finisher My Gi Gi in the paddock before the race. Jockey Garrett Gomez said, "Wow. That's all I can say. If I don't get stopped, I win the race."
Fourth place finisher Halo Dolly in the paddock before the race. Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "I was in a perfect position with her, right in behind the speed. But then I ran out of horse."
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Winning jockey Victor Espinoza said, "When I ride for John (trainer Sadler), I have so much confidence. Since the start of the meet we've been lucky together and the way he trains horses, you know you're always on something 'live.' Today he didn't give me any special instructions; just said ride it as it comes up. My horse broke well and I was able to get a good position. The last part we had to run down (Gangnam Guy), but I thought we would. I knew I'd have something left for the final 1/16."
Clenor wins the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf
Winning jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "I could have put her anywhere I wanted to in the race. But I saw there was enough speed up front, so I was fine to sit back and wait. She just eased on up and I had lots of horse at all points. I remembered she'd run so well from the back last time, so I figured why not do it again. She ran well in that first one here (August 7), but she ran much, much better this time. She's very impressive."
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