Saturday, August 18, 2012

Lady Ten Wins Sandy Blue ‘Cap

In an exciting, blanket finish, Mercedes Stable’s Lady Ten and jockey Rafael Bejarano proved strongest at the wire to win Friday’s featured $88,100 Sandy Blue Handicap for three-year-old fillies.

Lady Ten, trained by Bob Baffert, prevailed by a neck over Graser, with Cozze Up Lady a half-length farther back in third and a nose in front of the rallying 3-2 favorite.

Byrama who was fourth. Customer Base was a close fifth, with longshot Don’tgetmadalexis a distant sixth and last after setting the pace to the upper stretch.

Lady Ten, a daughter of Rock Hard Ten, provided Bejarano with his ninth stakes success of the Del Mar meeting, only three less than the record shared by four riders – Laffit Pincay, Jr., Chris McCarron, Gary Stevens and Corey Nakatani. The last-named piloted Graser Friday.

For Baffert, it was his fifth stakes win of the summer season, all with Bejarano, Del Mar’s leading rider, in the saddle.

Lady Ten ran the mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course in 1:34.05 and returned $9.40, $4.40 and $3.20 after scoring her third win in nine starts. First money of $52,860 increased the filly’s earning to $171,344.

Graser paid $5.80 and $4, while Cozze Up Lady returned $4.40 to show.

Bejarano, bidding for his first Del Mar saddle championship since 2008, also won Friday’s first race and now has 36 winners, nine more than Garrett Gomez, who failed to score with two mounts Friday.

With no perfect tickets in the Pick Six, Saturday’s program will offer a carryover of $92,682. The Pick Six will be conducted on the fifth through tenth races Saturday. Post time for the first race will be 2 p.m.

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