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Del Mar Mile (Grade II)

DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA                                      SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013



JOE TALAMO (Obviously, winner) – “He came away from there a little slow, but that’s not unusual for him. What made it look so noticeable was that the 5 (El Commodore) just busted out of there. But I took him wide and let him roll. I look now and see that he went the half in :46 and 4 (fifths) and I can’t believe it. That’s as slow as he’s ever gone. But he ran hard all the way. I got after him late, but I usually do. He’s the kind of horse that if he gets out there on his own, he starts waiting on horses. When they come to him, he’ll dig in and fight. But you’ve got to stay after him. This is the third Del Mar Mile in a row for me, so you know I like this race. And Mike (trainer Mike Mitchell) and these owners (Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino) have been so good to me for so long; especially with a horse like this. I owe them a lot.”


VICTOR ESPINOZA (He Be Fire N Ice, second) – “That wire just came too soon. I couldn’t get it to be a little farther along. I saved all the ground I could and then made my run. I thought that was the best way. But that winner runs in 1:32 (1:32.64). What are you going to do with a horse like that?”


RAFAEL BEJARANO (Silentio, third) – “I thought that 5 horse (El Commodore) was going to put more pressure on the winner. But after the beginning, he didn’t. I needed some help that way and I didn’t get it.”


MIKE MITCHELL (Obviously, winner) -- “He didn’t open up like he usually does. He didn’t have that (winning) margin that he usually has. But he fired and he dug in when (He Be Fire N Ice) came at him. It was a real good horse race. I don’t tell Joe (Talamo) how to ride him, it’s totally up to him, and I think he found out something today.”

(On to Santa Anita and eventually the Breeders’ Cup?) “That’s the plan.”



SPLITS:  :23.35  :46.96  1:09.72  1:21.15  1:32.64



The stakes win was the second of the meet for Talamo, but his third (straight) in the Del Mar Mile. He now has 32 stakes wins at Del Mar.


The stakes win was the first of the meet for Mitchell and his second (straight) in the Del Mar Mile. Mitchell, Del Mar’s all-time leading winning trainer with 473 wins, now has 23 stakes wins at Del Mar.


Obviously won the Del Mar Mile last year in the time of 1:32.10, which is the stakes and course record.


The owners are from Glendora, CA (Scardino) and Newport Coast, CA (Fanticola). 

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