Neige Blanche © Benoit Photo
Madaket Stables, De Seroux or Naify, et al’s Neige Blanche burst between horses in midstretch and powered home to come away a half-length winner of the CTT and TOC Stakes Friday at Del Mar.
The French-bred 4-year-old filly by the Irish stallion Anodin ran the demanding mile and three eighths on the turf in 2:17.45, covering the last furlong in a rapid :11 2/5 to outgame several rivals. Juan Hernandez rode the filly for trainer Leonard Powell.
Finishing second in the $85,500 overnight stakes was Haruya Yoshida's Red Lark, who had three-quarters of a length on LNJ Foxwoods’ Tapwater.
The track’s Pick Six Single Ticket Jackpot Wager carried over for the 15th consecutive day and now stands at $1,491,923. It may be leading up to a mandatory payout day, which will take place next Saturday, TVG Pacific Classic Day.
Neige Blanche was winning the fifth race of her 13-race career, which started in France in 2019. Her $50,400 share of the purse increased her bankroll to $237,280.
Neige Blanche returned $9.40, $4.60 and $3.20 across the board. Red Lark paid $4.80 and $3.20, while Tapwater paid $2.80.
Racing resumes at Del Mar tomorrow with a 2 p.m. first post. The feature Sunday is the $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile on the turf.