Chasing Aces, a chestnut son of Flatter, snapped a 52-year-old track record in the eighth race at Del Mar Sunday evening. The juvenile colt sped to a 5 1/4-length victory in the five-furlong maiden special weight event, stopping the clock in :56.21 under Tyler Baze for trainer Peter Miller.
The old track record of :56.40 was set in 1964 by Soldier Girl, a multiple stakes winning daughter of Guerrero.
Chasing Aces earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure for his effort. Miller told the Daily Racing Form that he would look to run the promising colt next in the Grade 2, $ 200,000 Best Pal on Aug. 13, or wait until the Grade 1, $ 300,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day, Sept. 5.
A half-brother to two-time Scandinavian champion and Italian high-weight Silver Ocean, Chasing Aces was bred in Kentucky by Sun Valley Farm. He first sold as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale for $ 40,000, then again at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $ 65,000. This spring, he brought $ 225,000 at the Barretts March Selected 2-year-olds in training sale from current owner Rockingham Ranch.
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