Flightline © Benoit Photo
Much like he did in his win in the TVG Pacific Classic, Flightline ran away from the field in the voting for Horse of the Meet at Del Mar this summer. Owned by Hronis Racing and partners and trained by John Sadler, Flightline was a unanimous choice in voting by the media members who cover racing at Del Mar.
The undefeated son of Tapit dazzled the Pacific Classic Day crowd with a record breaking 19 ¼ length victory over a good field of horses that included the Dubai World Cup winner, Country Grammer. Flightline was also voted the meet’s top older horse.
Other award winners include American Theorem as Top Sprinter. The son of American Pharoah won the G1 Bing Crosby and then finished second to Laurel River in the G2 Pat O’Brien. Blue Stripe captured Top Older Filly and Mare with her victory in the G1 Clement Hirsch. Spendarella, who shipped into Del Mar for trainer Graham Motion, was named top 3-year-old filly for her victory in the G1 Del Mar Oaks.
Master Piece, from the Philip D’Amato barn, was named Top Grass Horse for his victory in the G2 Eddie Read and his near miss to Gold Phoenix in a thrilling edition of the G1 Del Mar Handicap. Slow Down Andy was awarded Top 3-year-old for his victory in the G2 Del Mar Derby.
The two winners of closing weekend’s featured 2-year old races were named in their respective Juvenile categories. G1 Runhappy Futurity winner Cave Rock for top 2-year old and G1 TVG Debutante winner And Tell Me Nolies for top 2-year-old filly.
|Horse of the Meeting||Flightline|
|Top Grass Horse||Master Piece|
|Top Older Horse||Flightline|
|Top Older Filly or Mare||Blue Stripe|
|Top Sprinter||American Theorem|
|Top 3-year-old||Slow Down Andy|
|Top 3-year-old Filly||Spendarella|
|Top 2-year-old||Cave Rock|
|Top 2-year-old Filly||And Tell Me Nolies|