Red Baron's Barn and Rancho Temescal's DR. SCHIVEL got the better of a deep cast of sprinters, striking the front and hanging on to capture Saturday's Win and You're In $300K Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar.
The Mark Glatt trainee was making just his second start in nine months. He had never raced against older, graded-stakes restricted company. Nevertheless, DR. SCHIVEL's rose to the occasion, not only re-asserting himself as a top three-year-old, but also launching himself toward the top of the country's Sprint division. His win in the Bing Crosby earns him a spot in the 2021 Breeder's Cup Sprint (G1) at Del Mar.
Sent off at odds of 5-2 and ridden by Del Mar's leading rider Flavien Prat, DR. SCHIVEL wasn't the quickest out of the gate and found himself near the rear of the field, racing to the outside of even-money favorite C Z ROCKET. The field clocked opening quarters in 21.83 and 44.67, led by BRICKYARD RIDE.
"No special instructions; just ride," said winning jockey Flavien Prat after the race. "He broke well, then when we went across the gap, he grabbed the bit. He was running well, pretty much all the way around. He was game late. Good win."
With less than three furlongs to go, DR. SCHIVEL makes his move, getting first run on C Z ROCKET and swinging four-wide into the stretch. When they straighten away, DR. SCHIVEL's late kick was the strongest; he set dead aim on the leaders, seized the lead over the final 50 yards and hung on for the win. EIGHT RINGS fought bravely to hold second, C Z ROCKET flew from the outside to get up for third. The final time for the six furlongs on dirt was 1:10.47.
DR. SCHIVEL paid $6.80 to win, $4.00 to place, and $2.60 to show. He is by VIOLENCE out of LIL NUGGET by MINING FOR MONEY. He's now won four races in a row, pushed his earnings to $416,000, and remained unbeaten around one turn. This win gives him his second Grade 1 victory.
"They went fast early, maybe not as fast as we thought," said winning trainer Mark Glatt. "Flavien rode him perfectly, gave him a good trip, and the outside post was a benefit. This is a real racehorse. He beat the olders today, and hopefully in November he'll be able to do it again."
Regarding the scratch of stablemate COLLUSION ILLUSION, Mark Glatt commented: "He grabbed a quarter training yesterday and he just wasn't perfect on it today. It probably would have been safe to run him but the ownership group and I thought it was best to err on the conservative side and have him run another day."
Source: Equibase, Mac McBride, DMTC, Paulick Report