Taking the shortest way home, even-money favored Take the One O One rallied on the rail turning into the stretch to take the lead and continued on gamely to win the featured $150,000 Real Good Deal Stakes under jockey Joe Talamo Friday.
“I thought I was going to go outside in this one, but the way the race set up, I was down inside,” said Talamo. “He was comfortable in there and we weren't getting any kickback. At the three-eighths (pole), I asked him and he went. He was all runner from there.”
Take the One O One, owned by Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Brian Koriner, held off the game late challenge of Daddysprize to win by a half-length in 1:23.40 for the seven furlongs. Third was 45-1 longshot Shaymin, who closed from last place to be one and one quarter lengths behind the runner-up and a length ahead of fourth-place Fashionably Fast in the field of seven California-bred three-year-olds. Psycho Dar was withdrawn.
Smiling Angelo, unbeaten in two starts and second choice at 2-1, flattened out after setting the pace and finished fifth.
Take the One O One, a son of Acclamation, scored his fourth victory in nine starts, with only a single race in which he was worse than third, seventh in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf last September.
Take the One O One returned $4.20, $2.80 and $2.60 and first money of $85,500 increased his earnings to $341,181. In his previous outing, he won the Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita at nine furlongs on the grass.
“The fractions on this racetrack, you see :44 for the half and 1:09 and four for three-quarters, that's quick on this racetrack,” said Koriner. “It's no wonder (runner-up Daddysprize) was coming at us. I think the horse (Take the One O One) really wants to go a lot farther. The plan was to go to the Del Mar Derby. So we'll figure it out and see where we go from here.”
Runner-up Daddysprize, with Tyler Baze, paid $4.40 and $3.20, while Shaymin returned $7 to show.
Del Mar newcomer Geovanni Franco was the day's riding star, booting in three winners – Royal Asscher at $21.20 in the first, Naughty Sophie at $4.60 in the fourth and Indian Gulch at $8.80 in the eighth.
There were 29 perfect tickets in Friday's Pick Six and each was worth $19,523. With a two-day carryover of $165,582 and “new” money of $741,440, the Pick Six pool totaled $907,022.
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