Del Mar Opener Draws 43,030

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Keith Brackpool's Gervinho edges Greeley Awesome in the first division of Del Mar's opening day Oceanside Stakes. Keith Brackpool's Gervinho edges Greeley Awesome in the first division of Del Mar's opening day Oceanside Stakes.

Before the largest crowd to attend the races in California this year, 43,030, 5-2  Gervinho and 7-1 outsider Rising Legend shared honors by winning divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes for grass loving three-year-olds on opening day Wednesday  of the 2013 racing season at Del Mar.

Gervinho, piloted by Rafael Bejarano, rallied from mid-pack to edge 14-1 longshot Greeley Awesome by a neck in the first division of the Oceanside at one-mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Freakin Rocket was third, with 9-5 favored Undrafted settling for fourth after a troubled trip.

Gervinho, a son of Unusual Heat owned by Keith Brackpool and trained by Carla Gaines, ran the distance in a fast 1:33.88 and returned $7.80. $4.80 and $3.60 after scoring his third victory in five starts. First money of $67,140 from a gross purse of $113,150 increased his earnings to $219,140.

In the second division, jockey Julien Leparoux rallied English-bred Rising Legend from far back in the pack to win by a head over Gabriel Charles, with Olympic Blue third and early pacemaker Rosengold fourth. Den’s Legacy, the 2-1 betting choice, was sixth.

Rising Legend, making his first start since last November, stepped the one-mile distance in 1:33.96 and returned $17.60, $7.80 and $5.20 with his third success in eight career races. First prize of $66,900 from a total purse of $112,500 increased the colt’s earnings to $112,463. The son of Rock of Gibraltar is owned by Hronis Racing and conditioned by John Sadler.

Joel Rosario, leading rider in America thus far this year and a three-time Del Mar champion, was the day’s star as he booted in four winners. He swept the daily double aboard the Peter Miller-trained Casa de Cambio ($12.80) and Keep Movin  ($10.60), won the fifth astride Moving Desert at $9.80 and rodeLove de Car to win the eighth.

Rosario, who now campaigns on the East Coast after several successful years in the West, will be on the scene at Saratoga race course in upstate New York when that meeting commences Friday.

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  • Don Reed

    “Julien Leparoux rallied English-bred Rising Legend from far back in the pack to win by
    a head… Den’s Legacy, the 2-1 betting choice [& trained by Bob Baffert], was sixth.”

    Yes, Bob, firing Mr. Leparoux earlier in the year has continued to pay dividends, hasn’t it now?

  • STEVE TYRE

    JOEL ROSARIO IS SUCH AN AMAZING JOCKEY…WHAT A SHOW HE PUT ON YESTERDAY

    • Don Reed

      Same for Saratoga this weekend? If his transportation links don’t get snarled?

  • HogHater

    $541K in the Pick 5 pool, followed up with $295K in the Pick 6. Looks like the OVERS took the monies in the AA mutuel pool challenge.

  • MA

    Maybe the drop in attendance had something to do with them raising the admission price for opening day only. Doubled Clubhouse from $10 to $20, and general from $6 to $10.

    • Don Reed

      Good point.

      Personally, I love that fatuous press release opening angle, “Before the largest crowd to attend the races in California this year…” –

      AS IF on any other given date, there had been more than 5,000 fans at the racetracks (please don’t respond by mentioning the day after Christmas, Santa Anita opening day, 2012).

      I’m waiting for one to roll along any year now, “Over 350 people stormed the [Name of Track] gates to witness history in the making” blah blah. We will see it. In print and on BrainDeadIQTwitter.

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