Tripoli wins the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
TVG Pacific Classic upset winner Tripoli ($15.00) was asleep in his stall at mid-morning. Trainer John Sadler was inclined to leave the 1 ¼-length winner over Tizamagician undisturbed, calling it a “good sign,” while reflecting on what was a third TVG Pacific Classic victory for Sadler and Hronis racing in the last four years.
“I’m in the latter part of my career and when you can win these big races, I feel very blessed,” Sadler said. “I’m not that old, I’m 65, but I’ve been around a long time and I don’t feel like I’m in the middle part of my career, whether there’s two, five or 10 years left to go.”
As a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on November 6, Tripoli is now assured a spot in the champion-making race Sadler and Hronis won in 2018 with Accelerate.
Campaign planning for Tripoli going forward will be put on hold at least temporarily.
“We’ll see how Rock Your World runs next Sunday ($100,000 Shared Belief Stakes), they might be candidates for the same race,” Sadler said. “(Tripoli) could run once (before the Classic) or… whatever.”
For the stable of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, the momentum of victories by Forbidden Kingdom (4th race, $10.60) and Subconscious (5th, $13.60) didn’t carry over to the stakes. Tizamagician led for the first mile of the 1 ¼-mile Classic before yielding to Tripoli and his Royal Ship, the second wagering choice at just under 3-1, was a no-factor seventh.
“A pretty good day, you’re never going to complain if you win two races on the day,” said Gary Mandella, deputizing for his father. “We had a really good second in the Classic with Tizamagician, but Royal Ship is a bit of a mystery. We don’t know what went on with him except maybe the year has been a little bit tiring on him. We’ll listen to him and figure him out. He’ll tell us what to do.”
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