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Drayden Van Dyke celebrates aboard Catapult after winning the 2018 Del Mar Mile
The $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2) on Sunday features the top older turf milers on the west coast. Conditions were excellent as the 13,171 paying fans enjoyed sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 80's. Frank Kilroe Mile (G1) winner Bowies Hero was sent off as the 15-4 favorite in the field of 10, of his close 4th in the Eddie Read (G2) last out. In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Sharp Samurai, 2nd in the Eddie Read, and 5-1 third choice Catapult, winner of the Eddie Read.
Catapult rallies on the outside
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Catapult Van Dyke 12.20 6.00 3.60 4 Sharp Samurai Stevens 4.60 3.40 9 Fly to Mars Gaffalione 5.60 Winning Time: 1:33.40 $1 Exacta 1-4 23.20 $2 Quinella 1-4 24.60 $1 Trifecta 1-4-9 212.90 $1 Superfecta 1-4-9-11 1,882.60Results Chart
Left: Catapult in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Drayden Van Dyke said, "So special. I had a day up at Santa Anita recently where I won the first four races, including a Grade I, and that was the best. But I think today (five wins) goes past it. I had a good trip and the right horse. It was a little hairy there turning for home; I had to wait for room. But then he got out and just went. Nice horse. I've got a couple more, too, so it may get better yet."
Right: Catapult returns to the barn. Winning trainer John Sadler said, "I'm having a dream meet. We're winning these big races and getting good trips and I can't ask for anything more. What's really nice is all the horses are running well. Everything is working out. I'm very happy with Catapult. He ran a good race in the Eddie Read and I wasn't sure I was going to bring him back here. But I figured that since he's so good on this turf course I wanted to run him twice here. We're hoping he'll end up in the Breeders' Cup Mile."
Left: Catapult in the post parade. This was Van Dyke's 5th win on the card. He would go on to win the next 2 races on the card, tying Victor Espinoza's record of 7 wins in one day at Del Mar.
Right: Second place finisher Sharp Samurai in the paddock before the race. Jockey Gary Stevens said, "That (interference by #9, Fly to Mars) not only clost me the place, it cost me the win. I don't think Drayden (Van Dyke on Catapult) is going to get by me if I don't get stopped. My horse was really coming."
Left: Third place finisher (disqualified from second) Fly to Mars in the post parade. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione said, "You can see it all on the replay."
Right: 11th place finisher and beaten favorite Bowies Hero in the paddock. The Phil D'Amato trainee has a record of 6 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 16 starts, earning $664,670 for owners Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, and Madaket Stables.
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