English-bred Sophie P, winner of the Grade I Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita Park in late May, will carry high-weight of 122 pounds Saturday versus eleven formidable filly and mare rivals in the 65th running of the Grade II $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
The Yellow Ribbon Handicap headlines a ten-race program which will also feature the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for California-bred two-year-olds. First post time is 2 p.m.
2018 Yellow Ribbon Handicap Odds & Entries
Race 8 on Del Mar's Saturday card with a Post Time of 8:30 PM
|1||Beau Recall (IRE)||8-1||Corey Nakatani||Simon Callaghan|
|2||Sassy Little Lila||15-1||Tyler Baze||Richard Mandella|
|3||Midnight Crossing (IRE)||20-1||Tiago Pereira||Richard Baltas|
|4||Hallie Belle||10-1||Joe Bravo||Michael Stidham|
|5||Tisbutadream (IRE)||20-1||Tyler Conner||Ben Cecil|
|6||Storm the Hill||9-2||Rafael Bejarano||Philip D'Amato|
|7||Madame Stripes (ARG)||8-1||Geovanni Franco||Neil Drysdale|
|8||Sophie P (GB)||8-1||Kent Desormeaux||James Cassidy|
|9||Ancient Secret||8-1||Mike Smith||Philip D'Amato|
|10||Fahan Mura||5-1||Edwin Maldonado||Vladimir Cerin|
|11||Cambodia||7-2||Drayden Van Dyke||Thomas Proctor|
|12||Pantsonfire (IRE)||20-1||Alonso Quinonez||Richard Baltas|
Kent Desormeaux has the call on Sophie P (GB) from trainer Jim Cassidy as she attempts to atone for a sixth-place finish last time out June 24 in the Wilshire behind Storm the Hill and Ancient Secret, both of whom are entered Saturday. She was a game nose winner of the Gamely over Madam Dancealot with Madame Stripes only another neck away in third.
Among the opposition for Sophie P are the 2017 Yellow Ribbon winner, Cambodia, who will be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke. Tom Proctor-trained Cambodia will break from the No. 11 post in a field of 12 and has been established as the 7-2 morning line favorite for her title defense.
Cambodia, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of War Front, won both the Yellow Ribbon and John C. Mabee Stakes during the 2017 summer meeting as part of a nine-race campaign for the year that earned $572,500 for owner Don Robinson's Winter Quarter Farm. A third-place finish in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and fourth in the Grade I Matriarch - both in November over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course - made strong contributions to the yearly earnings total.
Cambodia has failed to hit the board in two 2018 starts in Grade I events at Keeneland and Belmont Park but has worked well three times on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course since arriving following a seventh-place finish in the Just A Game on Belmont Stakes Day, June 9.
Also competing in the Yellow Ribbon Saturday will be Fahan Mura, an impressive wire-to-wire winner of the Osunitas Stakes July 20. Edwin Maldonado will be up again at 117 pounds. Other stakes-winners in the field are Beau Recall, 120, Corey Nakatani; Midnight Crossing, 118, Tiago Pereira; eastern invader Hallie Belle, 117, Joe Bravo; Irish-bred Tisbutadream, 116, Tyler Conner, in her U.S. debut; Storm the Hill, 120, Rafael Bejarano; Madame Stripes (ARG), 120, Geovanni Franco; Ancient Secret, 119, Mike Smith.
Completing the field are Sassy Little Lila, 117, Tyler Baze, and Pantsonfire, 118, Alonso Quinonez, both of whom are several times stakes-placed.
About the Yellow Ribbon Handicap
Formerly the Palomar Handicap, the Yellow Ribbon was renamed in 2012. Run at Del Mar at 1 1/16 miles on turf for fillies and mares 3-years and older, winners include A Thousand Stars, Tranquility Lake, Voodoo Dancer, Intercontinental, Precious Kitten and Egg Drop.