Fort Bragg © Benoit Photo
The 3-year-old colt Fort Bragg proved too quick for sprint rivals Friday at Del Mar in the allowance feature on the eight-race program as he ran six and a half furlongs in a rapid 1:14.60 to tally by two and a quarter lengths.
The son of Tapit never required any more than some light hand urging from rider Juan Hernandez in making every pole a winner in the $84,500 headliner. Owners SF Racing, Starlight Racing and Madaket Stables, et al picked up a check for $39,000 to increase their charges’ bankroll to $394,300. The winner is trained by Bob Baffert.
Finishing second in the test was Ingordo, Jones or Jones’ Sir Atticus, who had three and a half lengths on Giddyup JR’s Positivity.
Fort Bragg, who was winning his third race in his 11th start, was off as the 4/5 favorite and returned $3.60 to his backers.
Racing resumes at Del Mar tomorrow with a first post of 12:30 p.m. The nine-races card will feature two stakes races, including the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes for California-bred sprinters.