DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A $1 million bonus is being offered to a horse that sweeps this year’s Pacific Classic, Awesome Again Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a trio of Grade 1 Southern California races.
The Pacific Classic, worth $600,000 to the winner, will be run at Del Mar on Aug. 20; the Awesome Again, worth $180,000 for first, will be run at Santa Anita on Oct. 1; and the BC Classic, worth $2.75 million to the winner, will be at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. The two classic races are run at 1 ¼ miles; the Awesome Again is 1 1/8 miles.
A horse sweeping all three would earn $3.35 million, plus the $1 million bonus, within 11 weeks. No horse has swept all three in the same year. Several have won two of the three, including Game On Dude and Shared Belief.
The bonus, announced Thursday, is being offered by Del Mar and The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita and other tracks nationwide.
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NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.
The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.
The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.
The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.
Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.
All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.
NEW YORK (AP) Lockdown won her stakes debut Sunday, beating Libby’s Tail by 2+ lengths in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Libby’s Tail, the 3-5 favorite, set the pace with Lockdown right behind before taking charge and turning for home.
Kendrick Carmouche rode for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Lockdown got her second win in three starts.
“She has such a long stride, you just have to time her run and she’ll take you home from there,” Carmouche said.
The time was 1:44.75 for the one mile, 70 yards.
Lockdown, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.60, $2.50 and $2.10. Libby’s Tail returned $2.30 and $2.10 and No Sweat paid $3.20 to show.