Solana Beach Handicap
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Halo Dolly, winner) – “She was aggressive coming away from there, but I was able to take a hold, get her back in the bridle and wait. You can put her anywhere you want. It sure is nice to be sitting on the best filly. She fired great.”
GARY STEVENS (Bella Viaggia, second) – “She warmed up OK and then ran hard. She was very hot afterwards. The race was perfect, except for the ending.”
JOE TALAMO (Unusual Hottie, third) – “I followed the winner around there and – at one point – had her trapped. But then my horse just didn’t have it at the end. She didn’t fire.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER (Halo Dolly, winner) -- “I was real worried (when Halo Dolly had to check when a hole closed nearing the end of the backstretch). But really what happened was good and bad in a way. I think that if he would have put her on the lead she would have tugged him around there too hard. As it was, she rated in behind horses. We pointed for this race (title defense); we prepped her at Santa Rosa and she didn’t quite get there, but she carried high weight here (125) and still won.“
SPLITS: :22.99 :46.43 1:10.06 1L21.52 1:33.42
The stakes win was the fourth of the meeting for Bejarano, but his first in the Solana Beach. He now has 36 stakes wins at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the third of the meet for Hollendorfer and his fourth in the Solana Beach. He now has 18 stakes wins at Del Mar.
This was Halo Dolly’s third straight win in the Solana Beach.
Four other horses have won stakes at Del Mar three years in the row: Native Diver winning the San Diego Handicap from 1963 to 1965. Flawlessly winning the Ramona Handicap (now called the John C. Mabee Stakes) from 1992 to 1994. Track Gal winning the Rancho Bernardo Handicap from 1995 to 1997. Zenyatta winning the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes from 2008 to 2010.