Flying Scotsman Proves Deserving Favorite In Cecil B. DeMille

by | 11.25.2018 | 8:18pm
Calumet Farm's Flying Scotsman and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade III, $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes, Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.

Flavien Prat and Jerry Hollendorfer made it a sweep of Sunday's features as Calumet Farm's talented Flying Scotsman scored impressively as the even-money favorite in the Grade III $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar.

After pressing the pace of 2-1 second choice Vantastic, Flying Scotsman took control entering the stretch and drew off with a burst of speed to score by four and one-quarter lengths in a stakes record 1:34.44 for the mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Closing to be second in the field of five juveniles was Rijeka, a half-length in front of Vantastic, with Takeo Squared fourth, another five and one-quarter lengths back. Scratched was Irish Heatwave.

Flying Scotsman, a chestnut son of English Channel bred in Kentucky, scored his second win in three starts and paid $4, $2.80 and $2.10 to earn first money of $60,000. Rijeka returned $3.60 and $2.80, while Vantastic paid $2.40 to show.

Flying Scotsman completed a training triple for Hollendorfer. In addition to winning the Native Diver with Battle of Midway, the Hall of Fame conditioner also won Sunday's fifth race with Lucky Student.

Leading rider Drayden Van Dyke booted in three winners – Perfectly Majestic in the second, Lucky Student in the fifth and two-year-old Qahira, an impressive debut winner for trainer Bob Baffert in the seventh. He leads Prat, 15-13, with four days remaining of the 2018 fall season.

FLAVIEN PRAT (Flying Scotsman, winner) – “He doesn't act like a 2-year-old; he's very professional. When I asked him today, he gave me a very good kick. He feels like he'll run on and on.”

KENT DESORMEAUX (Rijeka, second) – “He ran hard, real hard. Ran his eyeballs out. First time I've ridden for these people (owner Slam Dunk Racing and trainer Richard Baltas). It was fun.”

MIKE SMITH (Vantastic, third) – “He's really keen. Can't wait to get him going down the hill (at Santa Anita).”

JERRY HOLLENDORFER (Flying Scotsman, winner) – “He's done very well since we've had him. Usually I like to sprint them twice, but he didn't seem to like that so we put him at a mile the second time out and he liked that. Since then he's trained very well and looks like a pretty good prospect. He rated perfectly today and he had a great trip. I think we'll stay on the grass with him in the future, if that's possible.”

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