Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017   ( 2 weeks ago )

14 Older Fillies and Mares Tangle Thursday in Red Carpet 'Cap

Evo Campo © Benoit Photo

Fourteen older fillies and mares will be tested at the marathon distance of a mile and three-eighths on the grass as the highlight of an eight-race holiday program of Thoroughbred racing Thanksgiving Thursday in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap. Special post time for the first race is 11 a.m.

Packing highweight of 122 pounds in the Red Carpet will be Irish-bred Evo Campo, victress in the Grade III mile and one-half Santa Barbara last spring. Rafael Bejarano has the call on the five-year-old Approve mare, a winner of six of 14 starts.

Weighted a pound below Evo Campo at 121 is another Irish-bred female, Responsibleforlove, second to Evo Campo in the Santa Barbara. Joe Talamo rides. Subsequently, Responsibleforlove won the CTT and TOC Handicap at the Red Carpet distance during Del Mar’s summer season.

Others in the line-up for what appears to be a wide-open betting event are Laseen, Tiago Pereira; Dynamic Mizzes K, Gary Stevens; Victress, Stewart Elliott; La Manta Gris, Kent Desormeaux; Kiss Me Now, Brice Blanc; Do The Dance, Tyler Baze; Galileo’s Song, Mike Smith; Earring, Drayden Van Dyke; Birdie Gold, Mario Gutierrez; Domestic Vintage, Kyle Frey; How Unusual, Corey Nakatani, and Lottie, Flavien Prat.

Likely to attract support are two invaders from the East Coast, stakes-placed Galileo’s Song, from the powerful barn of trainer Chad Brown, and Lottie, conditioned by Graham Motion and also stakes-placed.