San Clemente Handicap 2013 at Del Mar

Dave Bond | OTB Writer
Updated: July 19, 2013 -- 5:53 PM ET

Las Vegas, NV - Del Mar racetrack in beautiful Del Mar, California will be the scene of the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap this Sunday, July 21. Three year old fillies will be featured as they take to the track to race 1 mile on Del Mar's turf track for their share of the $150,000 purse.

A well matched group of 11 three year old fillies will line up in the San Clemente Handicap - race 8 on Del Mar's Sunday schedule. Post time is 5:40 PM. Here is a brief look into the past performances of all 11 combatants for this major prep for the Del Mar Oaks August 17.

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Unusual Way - Jeff Bonde trained filly already has 11 career starts with four wins, three seconds and a third place finish. She won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview in November for arguably her best career result after a win in the Wine Country Debutante at Santa Rosa. In 2013 she has four starts with a win (last time out by 1 1/2 lengths in the minor Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate June 1), two seconds (the minor Sunland Park Oaks in March and the California Breeders Champion Stakes in January) and a third place finish. She has placed in her last seven starts and heads into the San Clemente in very competitive form. She won her only other start on turf, had drawn the rail and has evidently looked very good in workouts leading up to the San Clemente.

Iotapa - will make her sixth career start for trainer John Sadler. She won an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita February 15 after an eight month layoff and a Maiden Claiming score way back last June. She made her stakes debut April 6 and finished a very respectable second behind Beholder by 2 3/4 lengths in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and won the minor Railbird Stakes as 7-5 favorite over Fiftyshadesofhay May 19. Last time out was another good effort - a second in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park June 22. Three wins and two seconds in five career starts has Iotapa one of the ones to watch Sunday. She is the highweight for the San Clemente but makes her first start on grass.

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Charlie Em - British bred filly made her North American debut with a terrific win in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes May 11 over many of her San Clemente foes after eight starts at home produced three wins, a second and a third place finish. Last time out was a somewhat disappointing fifth in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap June 8 at Hollywood Park. She will be looking for a bounce back Sunday and races against a few contenders she's already beaten this year.

Judy In Disguise - British bred Simon Callahan trained filly has won four of 10 starts including two to start this year - in the minor Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita February 16 after an Allowance score in her North American debut at Golden Gate February 2. She hasn't tasted victory since but had an OK third in the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes in April, a fifth in the Edgewood Stakes in May, a second in the Manhattan Beach Stakes in June and an OK third last time out in the Le Cle Stakes at Hollywood park July 7. She won her first two starts in England before shipping to North America and will be looking for her first win since February.

Wishing Gate - Thomas Proctor trained filly has two wins and two seconds in seven career starts. Last time out was one of those wins - an Allowance Optional Claiming at Arlington Park June 23 after a second in an Allowance in May. She did finish second in the minor Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita in October after an eighth in the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf in September.

Lilbourne Eliza - Irish bred filly has placed in six of seven career starts - a win, three seconds and two third place finishes. In her first start in North America she was second by a nose in a one mile Allowance Optional Claiming April 18 after six months off and a third in her last race in Ireland. Last time out was an OK second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Hollywood Park June 13 after a fifth in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes behind Charlie Em in May.

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Miss Empire - This Pete Miller trained filly has nine career starts with two wins and three third place finishes but makes her 2013 debut Sunday. She won the Cinderella Stakes last June 16 by over four lengths, finish third in the Landaluce Stakes on July 14 and was a respectable third in the Grade 2 Best Pal behind Miss Heir Kitty. She went on to a fourth in the Grade 1 Debutante September 1, a third in the Grade 1 Chandelier and a win in the minor Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate October 29. She ended 2012 in disappointing fashion - a ninth in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes in November and a seventh in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet in December.

Disko Dasko - French bred filly had four starts in France with a minor stakes win in her last start at Longchamp in October. She went on and won her next start - her first appearance in North America in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita March 15 and followed that with a fourth in her North American Stakes debut - the minor Runway Stakes at Santa Anita April 13. Last time out was a seventh in the minor Manhattan Beach Stakes June 8 after her graded stakes debut - a sixth in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes may 11 at Hollywood Park.

Kyriaki - has raced five times in her career - two MSW races at Santa Anita were followed by a sixth in her stakes debut in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita April 6, an OK third in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes and an ugly eighth last time out in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap June 8. She broke maiden in her second career start in March after a third in her debut January 25. Kyriaki has a win and two third place finishes in five career starts.

Foxy Boss - makes her stakes debut Sunday for trainer James Cassidy but enters having placed in five straight races - two straight seconds in Allowance races at Hollywood Park followed a MSW win at Santa Anita in March. She has seven career starts with a win, three seconds and a third place finish.

Broken Sword - Main Track Only entry - Jerry Hollendorfer filly has four career starts with a win in her debut - the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at Pleasanton in July 2012 and a pair of thirds including an Allowance optional Claiming last time out at Hollywood park June 13.

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