DP Racing’s stretch-charging Prize Exhibit, an English-bred filly trained by Jim Cassidy, will seek her third consecutive stakes victory Saturday in the 59th running of the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, championship event of the Del Mar summer season for three-year-old fillies.
Prize Exhibit, a daughter of Showcasing, is the morning line favorite in a field of eight fillies competing at a mile and one-eighth on Del Mar’s infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. After taking the Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita in an upset at almost 10-1, Prize Exhibit confirmed her ability with another come-from-behind win in the San Clemente Handicap July 19.
Santiago Gonzalez, who is two-for-two aboard Prize Exhibit, again has the call.
Heading the opposition Saturday will be the classy and consistent Sunset Glow, runner-up in the San Clemente, beaten a length and one-half as the 17-10 favorite. Never worse than third in nine career outings, the Exchange Rate filly won the Sorrento Stakes and Del Mar Debutante on the main track as a two-year-old. Gary Stevens will ride.
Others in the Oaks line-up are Majestic Heat (Corey Nakatani), a winner on grass last Sunday; Paulina’s Love (Tyler Baze), third in the San Clemente; Rattataptap (Mike Smith), fourth in the San Clemente; Sharla Rae (James Graham), unplaced behind Lady Eli in the Belmont Oaks Invitational at Belmont Park July 4; Her Emmynency (Rafael Bejarano), sixth in the San Clemente, and Zipessa (Flavien Prat), two-for-two in her brief career who also is entered in Friday’s overnight Sandy Blue Handicap.
Post time for the first of ten races Saturday is 2 p.m.