Del Mar, CA- Here is a look at the horses in post position order for the 24th running of the TVG Pacific Classic to be run Sunday, August 24 at Del Mar.
1. Frac Daddy (trainer: Kenneth McPeek/jockey: Alan Garcia)
Well traveled 4-year-old has shown the ability to run over a synthetic surface. Big win three starts back in the G2 Eclipse at Woodbine Race Course in Canada. Had a race over the Del Mar track when he was the beaten favorite in the G2 San Diego Handicap. Best races recently have been when Frac Daddy is near the pace and from this post should be able to go to the lead if he can outrun others.
2. Irish Surf (trainer: Dan Hendricks/jockey: Elvis Trujillo)
Biggest win of his career was his last start in the G3 Cougar II Handicap. An 8-length win where Irish Surf opened up on the field and didn't stop. That race was a mile and a half, Irish Surf will cut back in distance for the Pacific Classic. Question is does he have the class to run with these. Loves Del Mar.
3. Imperative (trainer: George Papaprodromou/jockey: Kent Desormeaux)
Which Imperative will show up? The horse who was beaten double digit lengths in his last start. Or the horse who sprang a huge upset in the G2 Charles Town Classic. Horse has blossomed since being claimed for $50,000, the owners have made more than their money back. Imperative will need racing luck and good pace up front.
4. Ice Cream Truck (trainer: A.C. Avila/jockey: Thiago Pereira)
Ice Cream Truck could be the longest shot in the field. He does show some good form in recent races but those were against $25,000 claimers. A whole new ball game awaits this horse and connections may just be looking to grab a minor share of the $1,000,000 purse. Trainer is having a strong meet at Del Mar and has brought home some big prices.
5. Game On Dude (trainer: Bob Baffert/jockey: Martin Garcia)
The defending champion in the race enters off questionable form. Very dull effort in the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, but reports from Del Mar say he is flourishing at the track. Will he get the lead? Horse does reunite with Garcia who won aboard him in dominant fashion last year. Over $6,000,000 in career earnings and a Hall of Fame trainer with a ton of experience in big races.
6. You Know I Know (trainer: John Sadler/jockey: Edwin Maldonado)
Was way behind Game On Dude in last year's Pacific Classic. The tactics used in that race were to sit far back and make one run. The track and distance may help that running style but another who needs pace up front to cause an upset. Last win was at the $62,500 class level.
7. Majestic Harbor (trainer: Sean McCarthy/jockey: Tyler Baze)
Runaway winner in the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, a race in which many of his contenders ran, including Game On Dude. Horse ran the biggest number of his career, Beyer 111, and is at his best as a 6-year-old. Surface may be a question because he hasn't run at Del Mar. Tyler Baze looks to continue his comeback with a huge win.
8. Toast of New York (trainer: Jamie Osborne/jockey: Victor Espinoza)
Probably the most interesting entry in this year's race. Toast of New York won the UAE Derby in Dubai and has been a monster on synthetic surfaces. Last race was on the grass in the G1 Belmont Derby in a subpar effort. Back on his preferred footing could pose a threat if he runs to his European form. Also adds 2014 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Victor Espinoza in the saddle.
9. Clubhouse Ride (trainer: Craig Lewis/jockey: Joe Talamo)
Clubhouse Ride has been a consistent horse for trainer Craig Lewis. On form he has been improving in his last couple races. Races at Del Mar leave something to be desired but the current form gives him a shot from off the pace. Was 6-lengths behind Majestic Harbor in the Gold Cup which was good enough for second. The son of Candy Ride can get the distance and shows two seven furlong works leading up to the Pacific Classic.
10. Mystery Train (trainer: Darrell Vienna/jockey: Fernando Perez)
Biggest unknown in the race. Comes from Argentina and was impressive in G1 races. How good were those races? Vienna can get an import ready to run. Mystery Train would cause a big payday to the bettors if he wins.
11. Shared Belief (trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer/jockey: Mike Smith)
The lead story in the race and the morning line favorite. Shared Belief is 5 for 5 in his short career and has not let another horse finish within 4 lengths. Questions again will be who he has been running against but has passed every test so far. Last start in the G2 Los Alamitos Derby proved he could go a further distance. If Shared Belief is able to transfer that race to synthetic, which he seems to like more, he could run to the hype surrounding him.
SUNDAY AUG.24 RACE 10 $1,000,000 GRADE I TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC