The presence of Desert Dawn illuminates Torrey Pines

desert dawn second against fillies and older mares in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) from August 6 to Del Maris back with fillies from his own 3-year-old age group in the $125,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (G3) on September 4.

Building on this effort, as well as other great races this year, such as a victory in the Santa Anita Oaks (G2) and a third place finish in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) for coach Phil D’Amato, the H& E Ranch raised at home Cupid the filly is probably favored in the Torrey Pines. She faces threats in the seven-horse race from a trio of talented prospects trained by Bob Baffert, including a winning pair in Under the stars and Grace Adler .

Coolmore-affiliated Under the Stars, owned by Ms. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, scored twice in Year 2, including the last outing at the June 12 Summertime Oaks (G2) in Santa Anita Park, when she left Desert Dawn in her wake. An earlier debut in April under its regular 2022 driver Umberto Rispoli, Desert Dawn beat Under the Stars in the Santa Anita Oaks.

Michael Lund Petersen’s Willow Grace Farm and Grace Adler performed at a high level locally, picking up two wins and a second in five main track starts, a record that includes a romp in the TVG Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) the last year.

Most recently, she was a runner-up for the former New Mexico standout Slammed in an optional six furlong fast claim race on July 28, a race in which Baffert’s third entrant Torrey Pines, midnight memories ran third.

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Neither Grace Adler nor Midnight Memories settles around two towers. Although from afar father Curling , Grace Adler’s best performances came in sprints. Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Midnight Memories by Paul Weitman (Mastery ) throws on blinders after a one-race experience with the gear and is now riding for the first time.

The Torrey Pines play out as Sunday’s fifth race, four races before the Green Flash Handicap (G3T), a five furlong turf sprint that offers a “Win and You’re In” berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint ( G1T) to Keeneland November 5.

The 125-pound highweight in the Green Flash is last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Nick Alexander’s Lieutenant Dan who hasn’t raced since finishing at 1 1/4 lengths golden friend in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint last year in Del Mar.

It was his only loss in four starts last year for coach Stephen Miyadi. Also in 2021, the sprinter won an optional allocation seeker in Del Mar, the Green Flash and the Eddie D Stakes (G2T) in Santa Anita.

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Lt. Dan Wins 2021 Eddie D. Stakes at Santa Anita Park

He enters Sunday’s race after three consecutive five furlong slow breezes, but he’s a horse that has generally shot fresh, including capturing his 2021 bow after a 13-month hiatus. Juan Hernandez rides the Californian-bred 6-year-old Grazen gelding horse.

Coulthard , Dubai key , lane path , What makes sammy run and Maven are the other top Green Flash Win candidates.

Inputs: Green flash H. (G3T)

Del Mar, Sunday, September 4, 2022, Race 9

  • Class IIIT
  • 5f
  • Grass
  • $150,000
  • 3 years and over
  • 5:10 p.m. (local time)

Inputs: Torrey Pines South (G3)

Del Mar, Sunday, September 4, 2022, Race 5

  • Class III
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $125,000
  • 3 year old fillies
  • 3:05 p.m. (local time)

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