Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Clenor, winner) – “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 impressive. Very.”
MARTIN GARCIA (Nesso, second) – “She ran a good race. This was her first time at a distance and the winner already had that experience. It makes a big difference. You might see something different next time.”
COREY NAKATANI (Pleasant Miss, third) – “Good effort for her. She’s a little green, but she can run. And her first time around two turns is always a learning thing.”
DOUG O’NEILL (Clenor, winner) -- “Oh what a filly, so exciting to see her run the way she does. She runs at the proper time in the race and it’s very unusual to see that, especially in a 2-year-old. They (connections in Ireland) had her well prepared. A bloodstock agent in Europe brought her to the attention of Steve Rothblum and Jack Sisterson, and if it wasn’t for them, she wouldn’t be here. As long as she stays healthy, she’s Breeders’ Cup bound. "
SPLITS: :22.14 :45.93 1:10.43 1:22.79 1:34.64
The stakes win was the fifth of the meet for Bejarano, tying him with Julien Leparoux for most at the meet. It was his first in the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies. He now has 37 total at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the third of the meet for O’Neill and his first in the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies. He now has 21 stakes wins at Del Mar.
Clenor is owned by Great Friends Stable, a San Diego-based group of owners headed by sports radio hosts Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith, as well as Robert Cseplo of Chardon, OH, and L. Steve Keh of Glendale, CA.
The race was being filmed as part of the “Stable Wars” reality series that has been ongoing throughout the Del Mar meet. In conjunction with that, winning jockey Bejarano wore a special HD camera on his goggles during the running.