Today is one of the biggest and most important days at Del Mar--the 27th running of the $1-million Pacific Classic. No one knows for sure if for Arrogate, history, redemption or an upset will happen in the end, but one thing is for certain---it will be an exciting day. We also have Accelerate (3-1), ridden by another Hall of Famer, Victor Espinoza, who despite winning the San Diego Handicap, wasn't exactly front page news. Accelerate has already won three starts at Del Mar, and finished second when Arrogate ran third in his maiden race at Los Alamitos. And there's Collected, who won seven of 10 career starts, as well as three in a row this spring at Santa Anita.
Other notables are Hard Aces; and Doug O’Neill, twice a Kentucky Derby-winning trainer with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and Nyquist in 2016, has two entries today-- Donworth, who finished second to Accelerate, and Curlin Road, who won the 1½-mile Cougar II Handicap.
We'll be at Del Mar for the thrill of horse racing and to collect more lucky winning shoes. Keep an eye out for us in the paddock!