#1 an excellent trip behind Beholder, California Chrome and von love520 27.08.2019 05:36

In some minds, the field for the 26th running of the Grade 1, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar consists of Beholder and California Chrome, with the other seven just afterthoughts. For others, the main contenders are not a duo but a trio which includes Dortmund, all competing for a spot in the Breeders Cup Classic in November.California Chrome is the all-time North American earnings leader with $12.65 million banked, winning 13 of 22 races including multiple Grade 1 stakes like this one. The mare Beholder has won 17 of 23 races including last years Pacific Classic. Dortmund, by comparison, has earned two Grade 1 wins (the 2014 Los Alamitos Futurity and the 2015 Santa Anita Derby) in his career but considering he missed by a half-length to California Chrome in last months Grade 2 San Diego Stakes he should be respected. Among the others, 2015 Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes winner Hard Aces may be competitive in this group as he won the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap over the track last month. The rest look overmatched, with the exception of Dalmore, a 3-year-old facing older for the first time, who enters the Classic off a pair of wins including the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes.Dalmore earned a career-best 113 Equibase Speed Figure winning the Affirmed Stakes last month. Although that figure was below the career best 120 career best California Chrome earned winning the San Diego Handicap in July (with runner-up Dortmund earning a 119 figure) and below the 115 lifetime best figure Hard Aces earned winning the Cougar II Handicap one day after Chrome, it is the next-best last race figure in the field. It is even better than the three figures Beholder has earned this year. Considering Dalmore is just a 3-year-old, he is not even near full maturity and has much better races ahead of him. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother Kent, Dalmore comes from the same connections as Preakness Stakes and Haskell Invitational Stakes winner Exaggerator so there is little doubt the trainer and jockey know how to get a horse ready for a big race. Dalmore gets the No. 9 post position for the Classic, which will allow Desormeaux an excellent trip behind Beholder, California Chrome and Dortmund, who all like to race on the lead or close to the pace in the early stages. As such, Dalmore has a nice shot to outrun his double-digit odds in the Pacific Classic.California Chrome didnt lose a step between his Group 1 Dubai World Cup victory in March and his San Diego Handicap win last month when he earned a career-best 120 figure. One of only three horses among the nine entered in the Classic to have won at a mile and a quarter, California Chrome has done so four times, proving he is truly a classic distance runner. With all horses except the mare Beholder and 3-year-old Dalmore assigned the same 124 pounds, there is no handicap in that department and from the rail regular jockey Victor Espinoza can go to the early lead or sit behind Dortmund or Beholder if either one of them choose to lead from the start. Personally, I cant find a single flaw that would have me believe California Chrome may be the anything other than the most probable to win the Classic. However, because he will be the prohibitive favorite he may not offer the most value as a win bet.Beholder is undoubtedly one of the best female stars in horse racing, having won 17 of 23 races and nearly $5 million. Never worse than second in six career races at Del Mar, she dispatched a field of 10 in last years Classic with a 116 figure, one below a career-best 117 earned winning the 2013 Breeders Cup Distaff. Last years Classic was her first attempt at this mile and a quarter trip and she handled it with ease. This year Beholder won her first two races but was upset in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes over the track last month. Regular rider Gary Stevens knows her well and even though her recent figures of 105 and 107 seem far from the 120 and 110 California Chrome earned this year in North America, Beholder stepped up from a 106 figure to 116 in last years Classic so could be up to the task once more.For the exacta, considering Dalmore opens at 20-1 odds, he represents value even if he finishes second, so playing exacta boxes consisting of Dalmore/Beholder, Dalmore/California Chrome and Dalmore/Dortmund offers excellent potential return for the risk.The rest of the Pacific Classic field, with their best representative Equibase Speed Figures, is Dortmund (119), Hard Aces (115), Hoppertunity (114), Imperative (114), War Story (102) and Win the Space (112).Contenders, in preference order1. Dalmore 2. California Chrome 3. 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LOS ANGELES -- One spectacular shot by Jeff Carter kept the Los Angeles Kings rolling on an increasingly impressive winning streak.Carter scored his 10th goal of the season 1:06 into overtime, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Saturday night for their season-best fifth consecutive victory.Alec Martinez scored and Peter Budaj stopped 18 shots for the Kings, who persevered through a back-and-forth game for their third straight win over Chicago at Staples Center.These Kings dont often light up scoreboards, and they arent the same defensive powerhouse without injured goalie Jonathan Quick. Theyre still thriving in coach Darryl Sutters disciplined system -- even against Chicago, the Western Conference leaders.Weve got a good chemistry with the team now, said Budaj, who is 12-6-1 after emerging as Quicks replacement. We have very good personnel here, and a great group of guys. We stick together.Just seven seconds after Los Angeles failed to score on a power play stretching into overtime, Carter fired an exceptional wrist shot past Scott Darling for his fifth goal in five games. Carter also had an early assist, giving him a team-leading 19 points in 22 games.The veteran power forward has been carrying the Kings offense with the absence of Marian Gaborik and the struggles of captain Anze Kopitar, who hasnt scored a goal in 11 games since Oct. 25.Carter is back on the reconstituted That 70s Line with Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, and his teammates are enjoying the view.He definitely has his mojo going right now, Pearson said. Tyler and I are along for the ride, but he is definitely playing his game. This is Jeff Carter, and we know how he plays. He is rolling right now.Gaborik also made his season debut for the Kings, playing in his first regular-season game since Feb. 12. The $34 million Slovak wing broke his foot during the World Cup of Hockey.Patrick Kane scored and Darling stopped 27 shots in his first loss for the Blackhawks, who finished their seven-game circus road trip at 3-3-1.Captain Jonathan Toews missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury, but Chicago nearly swept its two-game stop in Southern California following a win over Anaheim on Friday.ddddddddddddI think the last couple of games, weve played better than we have for most of the year, as far as being a team, defenseman Duncan Keith said.Chicago didnt get a shot on goal for the first 11:40, but Kane scored his eighth goal of the season with a redirection on the Blackhawks first shot. Kane scored in his second straight game in Southern California after last seasons NHL MVP failed to score a goal on the first five games of the circus trip.Los Angeles evened it early in the second period when Martinez fired a shot over Darlings shoulder for his fifth goal and 14th point, extending his five-game scoring streak. The defenseman and 2014 Stanley Cup Final hero became the Kings second-leading scorer with that goal.An apparent goal by Toffoli was waved off on video review just 72 seconds into the first period. Officials ruled Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was shoved into Darling for goaltender interference.Its a long trip and a lot of good teams, LA included, Darling said. I thought we really had quite a good effort ... especially without the best player in the world, Jonathan Toews. The guys stepped up and really filled the gap there.Game notes The Kings are 9-2-0 with six straight victories at home. ... Gaborik missed the first 21 games this season, and he missed the final 28 games of last season with a knee injury. He returned for four playoff games last spring. ... F Andrew Desjardins and D Michal Kempny returned to Chicagos lineup after being scratches Friday at Anaheim. They replaced F Jordin Tootoo and D Michal Rozsival. ... Kyle Clifford was scratched for the second time all season to make room for Gaborik. D Tom Gilbert also replaced D Matt Greene in Los Angeles lineup.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Finally return home to face Florida on Tuesday.Kings: Host rival San Jose on Wednesday. ' ' '

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