La Jolla Handicap (Gr. II)
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2013
La Jolla Handicap
GARRETT GOMEZ (Dice Flavor, winner) – “Paddy (trainer Gallagher) only told me about his (tender) mouth. Then he wished me good luck. The trip was good. I was a little wide coming out of the chute, but the rest was good. I was saving ground. I wanted to come out with him at the five-sixteenths (pole), but I had to wait. I knew he had that good late turn of foot, so it was OK. Then when we got out he quickened. This is special; it eases some of the pain (of his recent bout with alcohol problems that caused him to miss the beginning of the meeting; he last rode on July 14). I’m so happy to be back. And I’m so glad the fans were so supportive (he received a notable round of applause coming back to the winner’s circle). This is a very special moment.”
COREY NAKATANI (Den’s Legacy, second) – “He ran a terrific race. I knew they were going fast, but we wanted to put him in the race and that’s what we did. He responded well; did everything right. Just didn’t get that bob at the end. That’s OK. Derby ($300,000 Del Mar Derby September 1).”
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Pure Loyalty, third) – “Good trip for me. He ran hard. The winner came outside me and he was best today.”
PADDY GALLAGHER (Dice Flavor, winner) -- “He worked well on the grass here, seemed like better each time. The race set up nice for him and Garrett (Gomez) did a good job riding him. He’s run on the turf and synthetic and when he gets a pace to run at he usually shows up. I’m glad he showed up today. (Del Mar Derby next?) “Yeah, why not?”
SPLITS: :22.99 :45.81 1:09.58 1:34.07 1:39.82
(Course record -- 1:39.52 set by Sidney’s Candy in the 2010 La Jolla.)
The stakes win was the first of the meet for Gomez (his first victory of the meet, in fact), but his second score in the La Jolla. He now has 43 stakes wins at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the first of the meet for Gallagher and his first in the La Jolla. He now has 10 stakes wins at Del Mar.
Dice Flavor is owned by Japanese interests – Nobuo Oda’s Oda Racing Stable and Takashi Toriumi’s US Equine. Their business offices are in Westlake Village in Los Angeles.