On the final Saturday of its Bing Crosby Season, Del Mar will offer a stakes tripleheader topped by the Grade I, $400,000 Hollywood Derby, a turf battle deluxe that has drawn an overflow field.
Also on tap for the big afternoon will be the Grade II, $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap for 3-year-olds and up on the grass and the Grade III, $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, also on the lawn.
The trio of black-type affairs are part of the seven-race Turf Festival that closes out Del Mar’s 2021 run. On Sunday, there will be two more turfers – the Grade III, $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes and the Grade I, $400,000 Matriarch Stakes.
Likely favorite among the 14 3-year-olds in the Hollywood Derby is Klaravich Stables’ Public Sector, an eastern-based colt out of the potent Chad Brown barn who is coming off three consecutive graded stakes wins. The British-bred son of Kingman has run only on turf in his nine-race career, winning five times with three seconds and earnings just shy of $600,000. He’ll get the saddle services of top rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. and they’ll break from Post 6 in the full gate lineup as they head down Del Mar’s unique infield chute for their mile and one-eighth journey.
The Hollywood Derby goes as the 9th Race on the day’s program, while the Seabiscuit Handicap is the 5th and the Jimmy Durante goes as the 7th.
The horse to beat in the seven-horse lineup for the Seabiscuit is Dubb, Madaket Stables or Wonder Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ Sacred Life, who also will have Ortiz, Jr. in the boot for trainer Brown. He, too, is in from the east and coming off a grass stakes tally in a Grade III at Belmont Park on October 10.
Finally, the Jimmy Durante looms a wide-open affair with several runners in the 11-horse grouping eligible to draw favorite honors. One of them is a local, the Benowitz Family Trust or Nentwig’s Helens Well, who’ll be handled by Umberto Rispoli for trainer Phil D’Amato.
Here’s the full fields for the three stakes from the rail out with riders and morning line odds:
Hollywood Derby: Red Baron’s Barn or Rancho Temescal’s Dicey Mo Chara (Tyler Baze, 30-1); C R K Stable’s Beyond Brilliant (Kent Desormeaux, 12-1); CYBT, Sterling Stable or Nentwig’s Cathkin Peak (Flavien Prat, 6-1); Reddam Racing’s Team Merchants (Mario Gutierrez, 15-1); Double L Racing or Natalie Baffert’s Hudson Ridge (Mike Smith, 12-1); Public Sector (5/2); Wachtel Stable, Barber, Drion or Powell’s Flashiest (Abel Cedillo, 15-1); Peter Brant’s Sifting Sands (Jose Ortiz, 15-1); Red Oak Stable’s It Can Be Done (Joe Bravo, 20-1); Red Baron’s Barn or Rancho Temescal’s Zoffarelli (Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1); Walking L Thoroughbreds’ Camp Hope (Tiago Pereira, 5-1); LNJ Foxwood’s Subconscious (Juan Hernandez, 4-1); Calumet Farm’s In Effect (John Velazquez, 20-1), and Godolphin’s Santin (Umberto Rispoli, 10-1). John M.B. O’Connor’s Airman (Edwin Maldonado, 30-1) is the also-eligible in the field.
Seabiscuit Handicap: Wachtel Stable or Barber’s Indian Peak (Juan Hernandez, 10-1); Three Diamonds Farm’s Field Pass (Umberto Rispoli, 5/2); Peter Brant’s Flop Shot (Irad Ortiz, Jr., 4-1); Nguyen or Tran’s Bob and Jackie (John Velazquez, 6-1); Rave Green Racing’s Majestic Eagle (Flavien Prat, 8-1); Jerome Moss’ Lambeau (Edwin Maldonado, 12-1), and Sacred Life (8/5).
Jimmy Durante: Reddam Racing’s Awake at Midnyte (Mario Gutierrez, 10-1); C T R stables of Aldabbagh’s Miss Bellatrix (John Velazquez, 15-1); Slam Dunk Racing or Newman’s Toeris (Abel Cedillo, 15-1); Gary Barber’s Travel Smart (Flavien Prat, 6-1); Gary Barber’s Liam’s Dove (Juan Hernandez, 12-1); David Meah’s Reem Zabeel (Kyle Frey, 15-1); ERJ Racing, Madaket Stables and Kenney’s Virulente (Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1); Beerman Family Trust, Sayjay Racing, Knapp and Rexius’ Half Past Twelve (Tiago Pereira, 20-1); Catherine Parke or Augustin Stable’s Sparkle Blue (Jose Ortiz, 4-1), and Nentwig, Pagano, CYBT, Benowitz Family Trust or Madaket Stables’ Helens Well (Umberto Rispoli, 7/2).
First post Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.