Sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 13 sophomore fillies, OXO Equine's Cambier Parc showed off her impressive turn of foot to win Saturday's Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro settled in mid-pack and was forced very wide on the far turn, but she dug in when John Velazquez gave her the cue to find the wire. Trained by Chad Brown, the filly earned her first Grade 1 score by about a length over Hidden Message, completing nine furlongs over Del Mar's firm turf in 1:46.75.
It was also the first Grade 1 winner for owner Larry Best.
“I left all the terms of guidance to John (Velasquez) and to Chad Brown,” said Best. “The horse looked very relaxed all the way around and I'm glad she had the turn of foot to get home.”
Leaving from the rail post position, Velazquez did well to keep Cambier Parc from being shuffled too far back when Raymundos Secret demanded the early lead. Cambier Parc wound up seventh down the backstretch, about eight lengths off the leaders through early fractions of :23.31 and :46.89. Keeper Ofthe Stars and Dogtag ranged up to challenge the leader around the far turn, and Velazquez moved into fifth only to be forced nearly seven wide in the final bend toward the wire.
It took Cambier Parc several strides to engage, but her big turn of foot moved the filly into the lead effortlessly in the final eighth of a mile. There was a late run from Hidden Message in the center of the track, but Cambier Parc was never threatened and won by about a length and a half. Hidden Message held second over Lady Prancealot, and Keeper OftheStars hung around to finish fourth.
“It sure is nice to ride one like this,” said Velazquez. “When you ask for it, they give it to you. We were in a good spot the first time by the wire and comfortable. When we went past the three-quarters, I shifted her out to where she was comfortable. We'd already saved enough ground and I wanted to get her going. She took care of it from there.”
Bred in Kentucky by Bonne Chance Farm, Cambier Parc is out of the multiple Grade 1-placed millionaire racemare Sealy Hill, by Point Given. Sealy Hill was sold with Cambier Parc in utero for $750,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale, and two years later a yearling Cambier Parc commanded a final bid of $1.25 million at Keeneland September.
Cambier Parc had two graded stakes wins to her credit prior to the Del Mar Oaks, and was most recently a good third in the Belmont Oaks to Concrete Rose. Overall, the filly boasts a record of four wins from seven starts for earnings of nearly $500,000.
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