The $300,000 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity (G1) Sept. 11 isn’t the only graded race with potential Breeders’ Cup implications at Del Mar on closing day, Sept. 11. Preceding the featured race is the $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Turf (G3T), a one-mile grass race, which can propel horses toward another grass start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) in the fall.
Last year’s Del Mar Juvenile Turf winner, the Doug O’Neill-trained Mackinnon scored a follow-up victory in the Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita Park before running third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. This year’s Breeders’ Cup is at Keeneland Nov. 4-5.
O’Neill is back Sunday in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf with three starters: Mark Davis’ Ah Jeez , a maiden winner going five furlongs on the Del Mar turf Aug. 26; Reddam Racing’s Syntactic , another Aug. 26 maiden winner, defeating state-breds at a mile on turf; ant West Coast Stables’ Tahoma , who after a debut win was runner-up on dirt in the five-furlong Fasig-Tipton Futurity at Santa Anita June 18.
Sixteen 2-year-olds were entered in the oversubscribed Del Mar Juvenile Turf, two of them also-eligibles. All of the entrants have between one to three starts apiece, and some are maidens.
Outside-drawn horses are at risk of ground loss with a short run to the first of two turns.
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The race includes European imports Dandy Man Shines , Ti Sento (IRE), and Mas Rapido .
Entries: Del Mar Juvenile Turf S. (G3T)
Del Mar, Sunday, September 11, 2022, Race 9
- Grade IIIT
- 2 yo
- 5:00 PM (local)