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Talk Circuit gives Sides win at Del Mar

Although Clay Sides is a Rainbow resident with a law practice in Fallbrook, as a racehorse owner he has won more races at other Southern California tracks than at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club facility he considers his home track. His win August 12 with Talk Circuit was only his second win at Del Mar.

“It was really exciting,” Sides said of Talk Circuit’s win. “It’s more fun to win than it is to lose.”

The race was also the first one in which jockey Pat Valenzuela rode for Sides. “He did an awesome job,” Sides said.

Sides acquired Talk Circuit earlier this year. “I liked his chart,” Sides said.

Talk Circuit, a gelding who was foaled in April 2003, was bred by Martin and Pam Wygod. In his 26 races prior to the August 12 race at Del Mar, Talk Circuit had seven wins while finishing second five times and earning third-place money five times. Talk Circuit’s sire was Benchmark, his dam was T.V. Residual, and his grandsires were Alydar and Pirate’s Bounty.

“He’s a nice little horse. He’s got a lot of speed,” Sides said.

Sides admitted he likes horses with speed, especially in shorter races. “If the horse is in front they don’t get blocked,” he said.

Sides’ father, Robert, is still a licensed trainer but is not currently an active one. Robert Sides is his son’s racing manager; he oversees the ranch and helps make decisions. Clay Sides hired San Luis Rey Downs Thoroughbred Training Center trainer Peter Miller to be Talk Circuit’s trainer. “I like to keep my horse locally,” Sides said.

The August 12 race was a six-furlong claiming race for four-year-olds and upward. Talk Circuit led throughout the entire race.

“He’s the type of horse who needs to go the lead early,” Sides said. “Pat did a great job of getting him to the front.”

Talk Circuit, who was in the second post position, broke first among the seven horses in the race. After a quarter of a mile he had a 1 1/2-length lead over Gotmymojoworkin, who spent the entire race in second place. It took Talk Circuit 22.92 seconds to travel that quarter-mile.

“Pat Valenzuela can get a horse to the front quickly without using up too much energy,” Sides said.

Talk Circuit reached the half-mile post 45.84 seconds into the race with a half-length lead over Gotmymojoworkin. He entered the stretch 57.88 seconds after the opening of the starting gate and had a three-length lead over Gotmymojoworkin.

Talk Circuit reached the finish line 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Gotmymojoworkin and had a winning time of 1:10.81. He earned $9,000 of the total $15,900 purse.

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