Pacific Classic at Del Mar
The first Pacific Classic was run at Del Mar Racecourse on 10 August 1991, It has seen legendary horses such as Best Pal, Cigar, Lava Man, Tinners Way, Dare and GO and Candy Ride in its starting gates before. This year, the highlight of the horse racing action taking place on Sunday, 24 August 2008, will be the older horses taking part in the Group 1 $1 million Pacific Classic and the contenders this year are guaranteed to set Del Mar Racecourse alight with nail-biting performances.
There are four stakes races being run on Sunday, which are all part of the “Win and You’re In” campaign for the Breeder’s Cup Championships which are being held at Santa Anita Racecourse on the 24th and 25th of October. This means that the winner of the Grade 1$1 million Pacific Classic, the Grade 2 $400 000 Del Mar Mile, the Grade 2 $300 000 Pat O’Brian Handicap and the Grade 3 $200 000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, all gain automatic entry into the Breeder’s Cup.
The lineup for the Pacific Classic will consist of eleven formidable contenders who will bring their experience and strong competitiveness to this racing event. Post positions were drawn on Wednesday evening and the contenders for Sunday are as follows, in no particular order: Go Between, Awesome Gem, Zappa, Surf Cat, McCann’s Mojave, Mast Track, Delosvientos, Well Armed, Student Council, Barcola and Mostacolli Mort.
Since winning the Sunshine Millions Classic, Go Between has not been able to improve on the second place positions he has earned in the Ben Ali, Hollywood Gold Cup and the Santa Anita Handicap, which he will be looking to rectify this weekend. Defending champion of the Pacific Classic, Student Classic, will want to make every horse racing event count, as he is to be retired to stud at the end of this racing season. Coming off a victory at the San Diego Handicap and with career earnings of over $1 million, Well Armed will be ready to give the field a run for their money as his trainer, Eoin Harty, is confident his horse can comfortably take on the one and a quarter mile race.
The Pacific Classic Day will not only give spectators, of which approximately thirty thousand are expected, a day filled with thrilling racing and the opportunity to see some of the best horses perform, but they will be receiving button-up Del Mar Racecourse shirts in appreciation of their attendance.