1999 Ramona Handicap
The only Del Mar record that might approach the one trainer Bob Baffert set Saturday is jockey Bill Shoemaker's 94-win season in 1954. Among trainers, Baffert's feat stands alone. They ran five Grade I races here this summer, and Baffert won them all, concluding with Tuzla's survival in a four-horse scramble to the wire in the $400000 Ramona Handicap. To win all the Grade I's Del Mar had to offer, Baffert's stable needed a cross-section of good horses. Preceding Tuzla, a 5-year-old grass mare, were Joe Who in the Eddie Read Handicap, Tout Charmant in the Del Mar Oaks, General Challenge in the Pacific Classic and Chilukki in the Vinery Del Mar Debutante. Chilukki was the only favorite in the quintet. Tuzla, who had been favored in seven of her last eight starts, went off at 4-1 in the Ramona, having been beaten here three weeks ago and suspect at the 1 1/8-mile distance. "She's got so much heart," Baffert said. "When you have a win machine, it makes my job a lot easier. Dana Barnes, who gets on her in the mornings, got her to relax and told me the mile and an eighth would be no problem." At the wire, Tuzla was a head better than Happyanunoit, who was a head in front of Spanish Fern. Que Belle, who finished fourth, was only another neck back. Tranquility Lake, the even-money favorite, finished fifth after leading in mid-stretch. Bobby Frankel, a three-time winner of the Ramona, trains Happyanunoit and Spanish Fern, and Julio Canani, who trains Tranquility Lake, used to ...
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