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Dullahan won last year's edition of the TVG Pacific Classic and looks to defend his title this year (Photos courtesy Eclipse Sportswire).

Dullahan remains an enigma in racing – three career wins, all of them coming in Grade 1 races. He’ll be back for a chance to score a repeat victory in Sunday’s TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar, and we figured this is a good opportunity to catch up on data from last year’s race, along with some his top competition.

As one might expect from a late-runner like Dullahan, the half-brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird covered the longest trip in the 2012 Pacific Classic, going 18 feet more than Game On Dude and 63 feet more than Richard’s Kid, who did all his running on the rail. Winning in a new course-record time, Dullahan had the benefit of chasing a hot pace set by longshot Riveting Reason.

The half-mile and three-quarter splits in the 2012 Pacific Classic were the fastest in the six-race history of the event since the installation of Polytrack. Dullahan ran the final quarter in 23.69 seconds, the fourth-fastest of the 63 starters in these last six years. His final eighth in 11.77 seconds was the fastest in the history of the race on Polytrack and enough to catch the well-regarded Game On Dude, whose résumé now reflects a fourth and a second in the last two runnings.

Kettle Corn won the first graded stakes race of his career, the Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood, in December 2011. While seeming plenty likely to have more on the horizon, he was winless in graded stakes company since that Native Diver tally, contesting nine graded races and running behind Game On Dude on four occasions. He broke back into the black-type winner’s circle taking the 2013 San Diego Handicap when beating Paynter earlier in the meet, and put forth a series of impressive internal quarter-mile splits that seem to indicate he is top form.

After Kettle Corn recorded an opening quarter well off the early pace in 24.56 seconds, he managed three consecutive sub-24 segments (:23.49, :23.66, and :23.72) before catching Paynter. Overall, his last two furlongs were recorded in 23.98 seconds, and a final eighth in :12.14. The San Diego win was the second of Kettle Corn’s career at Del Mar at the distance of 1 1/16 miles, the other coming in September 2011 when he, coincidentally, also recorded a 23.98-second final quarter in an allowance event.

Jeranimo emerges from a dazzling display in the Eddie Read where the son of Congaree was last through the opening half-mile. Trakus recorded his first half-mile in 48.47 seconds and last half in 46.55 seconds, with the final eighth in 11.37 seconds.

JERANIMO RETURNS AFTER A VICTORY IN THE EDDIE READ

Jeranimo

Deceptive closing speed

Here’s something you don’t often see on turf at Del Mar – the three fastest finishers in a race finished sixth, ninth, and fifth, respectively. That’s exactly what happened in last Saturday’s fifth race, an allowance/optional claiming race at a mile.

Lil Bit O’Fun finished sixth, but had the fastest closing quarter in 22.76 seconds, while Gab Power was only ninth home, but second-fastest over the final two furlongs in 22.79 seconds. Fifth-placer Starspangled Heat was home in 22.88 seconds. The result of this relative oddity was the frenetic early speed set by eventual third-place finisher Camp Victory, who stretched the field early. Gab Power was more than 19 lengths behind Camp Victory after the opening quarter while Lil Bit O’Fun was more than 16 lengths back and Starspangled Heat settled more than 12 back. All three made up significant ground over the final quarter, but none could make an impression on the paying places.

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes

Sunday, Del Mar, Race 9, 8:18 p.m. ET

3-year-olds and older, 1 1/4 miles (Polytrack)

PP

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

1

Endorsement

Julien Leparoux

Hector Palma

20-to-1

2

Liaison

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

15-to-1

3

Holding Glory (BRZ)

Chantal Sutherland

A.C. Avila

20-to-1

4

Farraaj (IRE)

Garrett Gomez

R.P. Varian

12-to-1

5

You Know I Know

Edwin Maldonado

John Sadler

20-to-1

6

Richard’s Kid

Joseph Talamo

Doug O’Neill

8-to-1

7

Kettle Corn

Victor Espinoza

John Sadler

6-to-1

8

Byrama (GB)

Gary Stevens

Simon Callaghan

20-to-1

9

Dullahan

Rafael Bejarano

Dale Romans

7-to-2

10

Delegation

Luis Contreras

Mark Casse

8-to-1

11

Game On Dude

Joel Rosario

Bob Baffert

5-to-2

12

Jeranimo

Corey Nakatani

Michael Pender

10-to-1

13

Blueskiesnrainbows

Martin Pedroza

Jerry Hollendorfer

20-to-1

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 También en español - Traducción por Michael Burns

Dentro del Tren de Carrera:  Dullahan, Data y el Pacific Classic

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Dullahan ganó la última edición del TVG Pacific Classic y busca defender su título este año (Fotos cortesía de Eclipse Sportswire).

Dullahan sigue siendo un enigma en las carreras - tres carreras ganadas en su campaña, todos ellas carreras de Grado 1. El regresará para tener la oportunidad de defender su corona en el Grado 1 TVG Pacific Classic del domingo en Del Mar, y hemos encontrado una buena oportunidad para ponernos al día con una data de la carrera del año pasado al igual que de algunos de sus máximos competidores.

Como uno debería esperar de un atropellador como Dullahan, el hermano materno del ganador del Derby, Mine That Bird, cubrió el mayor recorrido de la edición 2012 del Pacific Classic, corriendo 5 1/2 cps más que Game On Dude y 18 más que Richard´s Kid, quien recorrió toda la carrera por los palos. Ganando en una nueva marca para la distancia, Dullahan tuvo el beneficio de perseguir un tren de carrera enloquecido establecido por el outsider Riveting Resaon.

Los parciales empleados para la media milla y los primeros tres cuartos de milla del 2012 Pacific Classic fueron los más rápidos en los seis años de historia de la carrera desde la instalación de la pista Polytrack. Dullahan corrió los últimos 400 metros en :23.69 segundos, el cuarto más rápido de los 63 competidores en estos últimos seis años.

Sus últimos 200 en :11.77 segundos fueron el remate más rápido de la historia de la carrera sobre el Polytrack, y suficiente para igualar al altamente considerado Game On Dude, cuyo curriculum vitae refleja un cuarto y un segundo en las últimas dos ediciones de la carrera.

Kettle Corn ganó la primera carrera de grado de su campaña, el Native Diver Handicap en Hollywood, en Diciembre del 2011. Cuando parecía tener mucho más en el horizonte, el estuvo sin ganar en competencias de grado desde ese triunfo en el Native Diver, participando en nueve eventos de la misma categoría y llegando detrás de Game On Dude, en cuatro ocasiones. El regresó al recinto de ganadores de este tipo de carreras logrando la victoria en el 2013 San Diego Handicap al derrotar a Paynter a principios del mitin, y poniendo en marcha un par de impresionantes parciales que aparentan indicar que está en gran forma.

Después que Kettle Corn registró un parcial de :24.56 segundos para los 400 iniciales, luego fue capaz de correr los tres sub-siguientes en menos de 24 segundos (:23.49, :23.66 y :23.72) antes de igualar a Paynter.

En general, sus dos últimos parciales de 400 los pasó en :23.98 segundos, y los últimos 200 en :12.14. La victoria en el San Diego fue la segunda en la campaña de Kettle Corn en Del Mar sobre la distancia de 1,700 metros, la otra había sido en Septiembre 2011 cuando él, coincidentemente, también registró :23.98 para los últimos 400 al vencer una prueba condicional.

Jeranimo vuelve a las competencias tras una deslumbrante actuación en el Eddie Read donde el hijo de Congaree venia último tras pasar la primera mitad del recorrido. Trakus registró su primeros 800 metros en :48.47 segundos y los últimos 800 en :46.55 segundos, rematando los últimos 200 en :11.37 segundos.

Engañosa velocidad final

Aquí hay algo que frecuentemente no ves en la pista de césped de Del Mar - los tres con el final más veloz de una carrera, llegaron sexto, noveno y quinto, respectivamente. Eso es exactamente lo que pasó en la quinta carrera del último sábado, una condicional de reclamo opcional sobre una milla. Lil Bit O´Fun finalizó sexto, pero tuvo el remate más rápido en :22.76 segundos, mientras que Gab Power remató solamente noveno, pero fue el segundo remate más rápido con :22.79 segundos. El quinto colocado, Starspangled Heat remató en :22.88 segundos. El resultado de esta relativa rareza fue la frenética y temprana velocidad establecida por el eventual tercer colocado Camp Victory, quien estiró al grupo temprano. Gab Power venía a más de 19 cuerpos de Camp Victory después de los 400 iniciales mientras que Lil Bit O´Fun venía a más de 16 cuerpos y Starspangled Heat se acomodaba a más de 12 cuerpos. Todos los tres descontaron significativamente terreno el último cuarto de milla, pero ninguno logro dejar una impresión en las figuraciones de pago.

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Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the Director of Racing Information for Trakus. Based in Boston, Mass., Trakus provides full-field in-race tracking, instantaneous motion graphics, and real-time information to racetrack operators worldwide. Trakus is currently installed at racetracks in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Data analysis from Trakus appears on Twitter regularly @TrakusRacing.

Cummings also serves as the editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, a comprehensive website covering racing in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. He has covered the Dubai World Cup on site each year since 2007 and provides selections for the entire season of racing in the United Arab Emirates and full-card analysis for all racing at Meydan. He also is the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat, a Dubai-based weekly racing publication.

Prior to joining Trakus, he worked for seven years in the financial services industry, and has served the racing industry in various capacities since 1999.  Pat was the backup announcer at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) from 1999 to 2009, and also has called cards at Atlantic City Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, and Monmouth Park.

A member of the Turf Publicists of America, Pat earned his MBA from Baylor University in Texas and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

 

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Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the Director of Racing Information for Trakus. Based in Boston, Mass., Trakus provides full-field in-race tracking, instantaneous motion graphics, and real-time information to racetrack operators worldwide. Trakus is currently installed at racetracks in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Data analysis from Trakus appears on Twitter regularly @TrakusRacing.

Cummings also serves as the editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, a comprehensive website covering racing in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. He has covered the Dubai World Cup on site each year since 2007 and provides selections for the entire season of racing in the United Arab Emirates and full-card analysis for all racing at Meydan. He also is the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat, a Dubai-based weekly racing publication.

Prior to joining Trakus, he worked for seven years in the financial services industry, and has served the racing industry in various capacities since 1999.  Pat was the backup announcer at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) from 1999 to 2009, and also has called cards at Atlantic City Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, and Monmouth Park.

A member of the Turf Publicists of America, Pat earned his MBA from Baylor University in Texas and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

 

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