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Oceanside Stakes

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 7/15/2015 9:59:34 PM

About the Race and Track

Santa Anita

The Oceanside Stakes is the traditional lid lifter at Del Mar and it is for 3-year-olds that are non-winners of a $50,000 sweepstakes in 2015.

Carded at a mile on grass, a full field of 12 will face the starter on Thursday and over the decades; drama has been hyped up for this event.

Last year, Tom Proctor’s Enterprising was coming off a third in an April stakes before getting up by a neck with a 93 Beyer Speed Figure.

A Longshot With Some Value: Thanksgiving Day

This runner has never won on grass but the blood is there with the Cozzene influence. He should be rolling early and the price will be right.

The Pick: Ben’s Cat Papacoolpapacool (Win)

Forest Blue has a theft on his agenda. He is making his grass debut but brings :44 and change speed to the party and draws the rail. Look for rider Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah’s rider, to send hard and try to steal the race.

Peacenluvpeacenluv has some things to prove since he was out of the money in both of his grass efforts.

Tried and True has some semblance of speed but it’s hard to see him making a clear lead here.

Fueled by Bourbon was on the beam in his grass debut and then was put up by the stewards last month in a $40,000 optional.

Royal Albert Hall only beat 4 rivals in his lone win. He has been handled by a number of today’s foes and will have to pass horses to get there.

Ride Hard Kowboy has done his best work in Phoenix. He failed in a pretty decent spot two back, then was totally dismissed on the tote last time.

Thanksgiving Day was beaten by Royal Albert Hall in Europe and is in the world-class hands of Neil Drysdale.

Ground Rules just turned into a new horse when put on grass. He has only run one poor race in his career and should give a very good account of himself today.

Papacoolpapacool was left with too much to do last time but now gets Gary Stevens back in the saddle and should run huge.

Soul Driver is consistent. He runs the same race every time and the last race was super. He drew off in that last effort despite racing wide and when posting a career Beyer.

Extant takes the worst of it as he is hung outside. He is making his grass debut but he has :21 and change speed and will muddle the pace.

This is a tough race. There are a number of horses that can win and that is the case in the Oceanside year in and year out.

The call goes to Papacoolpapacool. He had a horrible trip at Penn National last time, ran well in defeat at Del Mar last year, has enough tactical speed to maintain contact, and he has trained like a Swiss clock for this event.

Look for his rider to get this runner to settle, sit 4 or so lengths off the pace, then inhaled the group turning for the wire.



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