Could three be a charm for 8-year-old Richard’s Kid, who is trying in this Sunday’s Pacific Classic to be its only three-time winner? Or will impressive Game On Dude, who is training well at Del Mar, continue his five-race winning streak? Or perhaps last year’s winner, Dullahan, who had a rough time of it in Dubai, will come back to form and make painting the paddock lawn jockey in anyone else’s silk colors an unnecessary job.
From this year’s field, Richard’s Kid and Dullahan seem to adore Del Mar’s Polytrack surface. With other notable entries – Game On Dude, Liaison, Kettle Corn, filly Byrama, Delegation, Endorsement, Farraaj, Hawk’s Eyes, You Know I Know, and Jeranimo - this race features a great mixture of age and experience.
A win in the Pacific Classic is not only an automatic entry into the Breeder’s Cup Classic and a $1-million purse, but also a victory in one of the premier races of the season. The winner will also be honored in perpetuity with an oil portrait that will hang in the Del Mar Clubhouse.