Mrazek © Benoit Photo
In only his second race in two years, Reddam Racing’s Mrazek, winner of the Graduation Stakes as a two-year-old in 2015, took command turning into the stretch and went on to win Del Mar’s feature event Thursday, a five-furlong sprint on the grass course.
With jockey Mario Gutierrez in the saddle, Mrazek, a five-year-old son of Square Eddie trained by Doug O’Neill, hit the wire two and one-quarter lengths in front of 2-1 favored Eric the Trojan, with Little Juanito third in the field of nine horses. Time for the dash was :56.11.
Sent postward at 5-1, Mrazek returned $13.20, $6 and $4.80 after his fourth victory in 13 lifetime starts. He had been out of action from September, 2016 until his return August 2 when he was fifth grass sprint.
Eric the Trojan paid $4 and $3, while Little Juanito returned $6.40 to show.
Reddam Racing and Gutierrez came back in the day’s eighth and final race to win with Conformation, paying $9.20.
Flavien Prat and trainer Phil D’Amato combined to win two races, with Tiny Tina, $16, in the third and Air Strike, $4.80 in the fourth.