5-YEAR-OLD GELDING BY COLONEL JOHN GETS 1 1/16 MILES GEARED DOWN IN 1:44.66
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2018)–Idle since July 23, Dalmore burst back upon the Southern California racing scene on Thursday at Santa Anita, as he popped the gate and never looked back in taking the day’s $63,000 allowance feature by 8 ½ lengths. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother Kent, Dalmore, a 5-year-old gelding by Colonel John, got a mile and one sixteenth while geared down in 1:44.66.
With horses like California Chrome, Beholder, Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit and Blackjackcat in his running lines dating back to his 3-year-old season, Keith Desormeaux was asked if he might consider stretching out to a mile and a quarter in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 10.
“We tried the Pacific Classic one time and it didn’t work out too well,” said Keith of Dalmore’s fifth place finish in the August, 2016 running. “Of course, California Chrome was in there. I’ve never thought a mile and a quarter was his game, but yeah, we’d entertain the thought. You’d have to wouldn’t you?”
Breaking like a shot from his outside post position, Dalmore quickly established command and once he shook loose of Cat Burglar leaving the quarter pole, he was truly in a race of his own.
Overlayed at 9-2 in a field of six older horses, Dalmore paid $11.80, $5.80 and $2.80.
Owned by Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch and Keith Desormeaux, improved his overall record to 20-4-4-1. With the winner’s check of $37,800, he increased his earnings to $354,292.
When asked if he bet, Keith smiled and responded, “Yeah, I bet a little, but it’s never enough.”
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Cat Burglar tracked the winner to the top of the lane and finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of his stablemate, Hot Sean. The second choice at 8-5, Cat Burglar paid $3.60 and $2.20.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Hot Sean, who was expected to make the early lead, broke a bit sluggish from his rail post position and never threatened the winner while laying third for most of the trip.
Trained by Bob Baffert and off as the even money favorite, Hot Sean finished 4 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Seattle Serenade and paid $2.10 to show.
Note: Dalmore’s win marked Kent Desormeaux’s third win on the Thursday card, while Keith had a training double.
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