Slam Dunk Racing’s Madam Dancealot and jockey Jamie Theriot win the Grade II, $ 200,000 San Clemente
A field of 13 was entered Wednesday for Saturday’s Grade I $ 300,000 Del Mar Oaks presented by The Jockey Club. The 1 1/8-mile turf event generally determines the champion 3-year-old filly of the meeting.
Madam Dancealot, winner of the Oaks-prep Grade II $ 200,000 San Clemente at a mile on turf on July 23 at odds of 21-1, would solidify her claim to the 3-year-old filly championship with an Oaks win. Storm The Hill (4th) and Kenda (5th) join Madam Dancealot in following a San Clemente start with one in the Oaks.
“We’re taking a shot,” trainer Phil D’Amato said of Kenda. “It (San Clemente) was her first time beyond a sprint and she was in the hunt until the eighth pole when she kind of tired a little bit. I think having that two-turn race under her belt will benefit her and, it’s a Grade I, so why not take a shot.
The field from the rail: Kenda (Tyler Baze), Madam Dancealot (Jamie Theriot), Blame It On Alphie (Victor Espinoza), Pistol Packin Rose (Mario Gutierrez), Con Te Partiro (Flavien Prat), Meadowsweet (Kent Desormeaux), Vexatious (Rafael Bejarano), Kathy’s Song (Gary Stevens), Storm the Hill (Santiago Gonzalez), Dream Dancing (Julien Leparoux), Pacific Wind (Corey Nakatani), Beau Recall (Joe Talamo) and Tapped (Mike Smith).
The Oaks will go as the 10th on an 11-race program.
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