Rock Your World breezes at Santa Anita Park.
Rock Your World went through a regularly scheduled workout – the fifth straight such Sunday exercise session since arriving at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. – this morning. But whether it was a final one before running in next Saturday’s $1 million Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic or another step toward the $250,000 Grade 2 Del Mar Derby on September 4, remains to be determined.
The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride went six furlongs out of the gate in 1:12.60 under jockey Umberto Rispoli. Clocker/handicapper Toby Turrell had interim splits of :36.40 and 1:00.60.
“It went very well, we were all happy with it,” said Juan Leyva, assistant to trainer John Sadler. “At this point, it (next race) is still undecided. I’m sure John will come back tomorrow, make sure everything is all right with the horse and probably decide then.”
The deadline for nominations to the signature event of the Del Mar summer season was last Thursday at midnight and 15 names were filed. Supplemental entries can still be submitted, at a cost of $7,500, until 10 a.m. Tuesday. With the field set then, post positions will be drawn at a gathering that afternoon at The Brigantine restaurant adjacent to the track.
Hronis Racing’s Rock Your World, who has earned $591,600 with three wins from five career starts, had put together the following string of Sunday workouts before this morning: 4 furlongs in :50.40 on turf, July 18; 5 furlongs in 1:01 on turf July 25; 6 furlongs in 1:13.20 on turf August 1; and, 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 one week ago.
Prior to the July 16 start of the meeting, Sadler had said the Del Mar Derby was the major target for Rock Your World. He was a surprise nominee to the TVG Pacific Classic.
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