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By Tom Ferrall
Staff Writer 

Salient, Surrender Now get second wins of Del Mar season


Last updated 9/1/2018 at 2:18pm

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Salient, right, holds off Hitters Park to earn his second win at Del Mar's summer meeting. Jockey Geovanni Franco rode Salient for trainer Edward Freeman, whose stable is based at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall.

The 5-year-old gelding Salient and the 3-year-old filly Surrender Now, a pair of runners who prepared for Del Mar's summer meeting by working out at the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, both recently earned their second victories of the season at the seaside racetrack.

Salient, trained by Edward Freeman, won the fifth race Aug. 24 – for horses entered for a claiming price of $40,000 or $35,000 – in wire-to-wire fashion after having scored a front-running victory in a $20,000 claiming race July 29. Both races were contested at five furlongs on turf and jockey Geovanni Franco was aboard for each of the wins.

Salient won the Aug. 24 race in :55.85 and paid $12.60 as the third betting choice in a field of eight. Owned in partnership by Freeman and Dennis Miller, Salient earned $30,240 for his second score at the meeting.

Surrender Now is conditioned by Peter Miller, who through Aug. 26 topped the Del Mar trainer standings with 28 victories. Surrender Now won an allowance/optional claiming race July 19 at odds of 23-1 and came back to win the seventh race Aug. 25 – a similar allowance/optional claiming heat – as a 9-5 favorite.

Surrender Now was ridden to victory in the five-furlong grass dashes by Drayden Van Dyke. Owned by Rockingham Ranch, Surrender Now took the Aug. 26 race in :55.68, paid $5.80 to his throng of backers and earned $40,200 for Rockingham.

Miller scored with four other horses that he trains at San Luis Rey – Belle Monte, Suspicious Spouse, Painting Corners and Mo See Cal.

Belle Monte, a 3-year-old filly who was claimed by Miller for $20,000 July 25, won the fifth race Aug. 22 by 5 3/4 lengths under apprentice Heriberto Figueroa. Belle Monte earned $12,000 for the romp in the $20,000 maiden-claimer and paid $3.40 after being bet down to 3-5 favoritism. Belle Monte covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.36.

The 3-year-old filly Suspicious Spouse broke her maiden with a front-running victory in the third race Aug. 23. Ridden by Franco in the five-furlong maiden allowance sprint on turf, Suspicious Spouse prevailed by a length in :55.61 and returned $13.40 after collecting her first win in five tries.

Painting Corners captured the second race Aug. 24 under jockey Flavien Prat. A 4-year-old filly, Painting Corners dueled on the lead throughout the five-furlong allowance/optional claiming race on the turf and scored by a length in :55.50. Painting Corners paid $8.60 after earning her fourth victory in 13 career starts.

The 3-year-old filly Mo See Cal, runner-up in her two previous starts, shook the "seconditis" with a hard-fought victory in the fifth race Aug. 26. Ridden by Prat, Mo See Cal won the 1 1/16-mile starter allowance race on the turf in 1:41.07 and paid $6.60 after edging Foxtail by three-quarters of a length.

San Luis Rey-based runners India Mantuana (trained by Phil D'Amato) and Kona Coast (Doug O'Neill) also reached the Del Mar winner's circle during week six of the summer session.

Duke of Fallbrook, owned by Fallbrook resident Lita Tabish in partnership with Donald and Steven Hartshorn, strides to a decisive victory in the fourth race at Del Mar Aug. 24. Jockey Mario Gutierrez guided Duke of Fallbrook to his maiden win.

The 4-year-old filly India Mantuana earned her first win since Jan. 21, 2017, when she led from start to finish in the first race Aug. 22. Ridden by Tyler Baze, India Mantuana opened up a big lead in the 1 3/8-mile turf marathon and held on to score by 2 1/4 lengths. The 3-2 favorite, India Mantuana paid $5 after crossing the wire in 2:15.18.

The 4-year-old gelding Kona Coast earned his victory in a dead-heat with Shirl's Ready in the ninth race Aug. 25. Kona Coast and Shirl's Ready hit the line simultaneously while racing a mile in 1:40.28. Ridden by Figueroa, Kona Coast paid $4.80 after collecting her third win of the year.

Fallbrook resident Lita Tabish celebrated in the Del Mar winner's circle Aug. 24 when her horse, Duke of Fallbrook, rallied from eighth in a field of nine to capture the fourth race. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez in the six-furlong maiden-claiming event, Duke of Fallbrook broke his maiden in his 10th attempt when he ran down Kopitar in the stretch to score by 1 and 1/2 lengths.

Duke of Fallbrook, trained by Antonio Garcia, paid $17.20 after stopping the timer in 1:11.94. Tabish owns the 4-year-old gelding in partnership with Donald and Steven Hartshorn.


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