By Emily Shields
The Sunday feature at Del Mar is the $65,000 Osunitasa Stakes for older fillies and mares going one mile on the grass. The field of seven includes favored Super Patriot. Watch and wager on all the summer action with TVG.
#1 Super Patriot (8-5) is coming off a win in the Fran’s Valentine for California-breds on June 6 at Santa Anita. The daughter of Unusual Heat has done some of her best running on this turf course, taking three of seven with six top three efforts. Last summer she was a two-time allowance winner here, and finished second by a nose in stakes company in the fall. Flavien Prat will ride the Richard Baltas trainee.
#2 Don’t Blame Judy (8-1) is trained by Eric Kruljac. The daughter of Blame was second in the Possibly Perfect over ten furlongs on June 14 at 10-1, and is a winner at this distance and on this course. She doesn’t win often; her last win was May 2019, but she has run very well since. Her only finish worse than fifth was in the Osunitas last year.
#3 Ziarah (4-1) is an Irish-bred daughter of Iffraaj who is coming off four straight wins. All of those were in Northern California; the Manuel Badilla trainee ships South for the first time after running up a record of 28: 8 – 4 – 6.
#4 Meal Ticket (12-1) is trained by Matt Chew, and is a two-time winner in five races over the course. She was victorious here last year on August 2, winning by nearly three lengths in allowance company, but has not won since.
#5 Desert Oasis (8-1) is a well-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro for trainer Neil Drysdale. She broke her maiden here last summer over 1 1/17 miles, and has since been lightly raced with just three more starts including a second and a third. Victor Espinoza will ride.
#6 Cordiality (6-1) comes in for trainer Tim Yakteen, and has been first or second in four of five Del Mar starts. She was off from the 2019 Fran’s Valentine (won) to the 2020 edition 13 months later; she finished fifth in her comeback.
#7 Sedamar (7-2) rounds out the field. A two-time winner in the last nine months, the California-bred daughter of Richard’s Kid loves this course with a record of 5: 3 – 1 – 1 over it. She broke her maiden here in 2018 and was second in the Fran’s Valentine, beaten less than two lengths. That was with a career high speed figure.
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