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San Luis Rey Training Center has six more winners

Six horses that prepared for the Del Mar meeting by working out at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall registered victories at the seaside track during the racing week of Aug. 10-14.

The winners were: Ponder Lea, trained by Richard Baltas; Eichel, Edward Freeman; Shakti, Peter Miller; Upstaging the Cast, Adam Kitchingman; Feldini, Scott Hansen; and Hobbits Hero, Baltas.

Ponder Lea was the only one of the San Luis Rey winners to be favored in the wagering. Bet down to odds of 3-5 in the second race on Aug. 10, Ponder Lea made her modest $3.40 win payoff seem like a gift when she rambled to a 4 3/4-length victory in a six-furlong starter allowance race. Ponder Lea was ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and posted a solid time of 1:09.60. A 4-year-old filly who was purchased as a yearling for $100,000, Ponder Lea has two wins and two seconds in five career starts.

Eichel, a 2-year-old who had finished in the money in three of his first four outings, broke through for his maiden victory in the fourth race on Aug. 11. Ridden by Tyler Baze in the $50,000 maiden-claiming event, Eichel edged 4-5 favorite Westmont by a half-length while running 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.25. Eichel paid $10.40.

Shakti, a 3-year-old filly who failed in six tries against maiden allowance company, won a $20,000 maiden-claiming race on Aug. 12. Competing in the first race on the card, Shakti defeated Yavrig by a half-length while completing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.35 under jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Shakti paid $8.60.

Upstaging the Cast, a 2-year-old gelding ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, made a winning debut in the fourth race on Aug. 13. Dismissed at 6-1 despite the presence of Stevens in the saddle, Upstaging the Cast paid $14.00 after taking the 5 1/2-furlong maiden allowance by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:05.25.

Feldini, a 3-year-old colt who had been unable to win in five starts on dirt, tried turf for the first time in the fourth race on Aug. 14 and scored a

1 1/4-length victory in one-mile maiden allowance race. Drayden Van Dyke rode Feldini, who clocked a time of 1:35.69 and paid $13.80.

The 5-year-old gelding Hobbits Hero notched his 10th career victory when he captured the sixth race on Aug. 14. With top jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard, Hobbits Hero took the one-mile allowance race on turf in front-running fashion and paid $9.00 after prevailing by a half-length over Zinvor. Hobbits Hero was timed in 1:34.35.

Twenty-three horses that recorded workouts at San Luis Rey in advance of the Del Mar meeting have scored victories at the track through 23 days of racing at the 39-day summer meeting. The season runs through Labor Day, Sept. 5.


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