2019 San Clemente Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds
George Krikorian's 3-year-old filly Mucho Unusual is 2-for-2 since being switched to turf racing at the one-mile distance early this year at Santa Anita.
So it's not surprising that the daughter of Mucho Macho Man out of the Unusual Heat mare Not Unusual, is being given a lot of respect going into Saturday's Grade II $200,000 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
The San Clemente's conditions - 3-year-old fillies at a mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course - couldn't be more ideal for Mucho Unusual considering her wins in the California Cup Oaks in February and an allowance event in June.
2019 San Clemente Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 8 at Del Mar on Saturday, July 20 - Post 8:36 PM
|1||Keeper Ofthe Stars||12-1||Rafael Bejarano
|3||Mucho Unusual||7-2||Joel Rosario
|4||Devils Dance||20-1||Jorge Velez
|5||Apache Princess||8-1||Kent Desormeaux
|6||Over Emphasize||8-1||Alonso Quinonez
|Robert Hess, Jr.|
|8||Stillwater Cove||5-2||Victor Espinoza
|9||Maxim Rate||3-1||Drayden Van Dyke
Joel Rosario, aboard for the three-length Cal Cup score on a course rated "good," returns to the irons Saturday. Flavien Prat piloted the win, by a head, in June.
"She came out of the allowance race that we used as a prep for the San Clemente in excellent shape and she's in good form since we brought her down here," trainer Tim Yakteen said Friday morning. "The race comes up very competitive, so it's in Joel's hands.
"There's a decent amount of pace in the race and Joel will figure it out. He'll break and play it by ear. It depends on how the other speed horses break. He'll make his call at that point.
"But we couldn't be happier with the way she's training and we're hoping that she runs the same race, or a little bit better than her previous and she should be right there in the mix of things."
A win by Mucho Unusual would be the second stakes of the meeting for Krikorian. His Hollywood Hills prevailed in Thursday's Fleet Treat.
Mucho Unusual's racing debut was a runner-up effort in the Generous Portion Stakes for California breds here during the final week of the 2018 summer season. She enters the San Clemente, often a stepping stone to the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in August, with three wins and two seconds in six career starts and earnings of $252,680.
The extensive racetrack tour of Stillwater Cove will make Del Mar its seventh stop when the daughter of Quality Road runs Saturday in the $200,000 Grade II San Clemente Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Owned by Marcus Stables and trained by Wesley Ward, Stillwater Cove has already raced at Keeneland (twice), Ascot (England), Saratoga, Woodbine (Canada), Churchill Downs and most recently Belmont Park where she finished fourth in a Grade III stakes on May 18. She has two wins from seven starts and compiled $120,834 in earnings.
A recent arrival on the Del Mar grounds after completing the last of a series of workouts at Keeneland on Sunday, Stillwater Cove was made the 5-2 morning line choice in a field of 10.
The San Clemente goes as the eighth on a 10-race card starting at 2 p.m.
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