Cambodia defends title at Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap

Defending race champion Cambodia (second from right).
(Kelley Carlson )

In the Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap on Aug. 4 at Del Mar, defending race champion Cambodia took command at the top of the stretch and pulled away for a 2 1/2-length win. Madame Stripes edged Sophie P by a head for second place.

With Drayden Van Dyke in the irons, Cambodia covered the 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:40.51.

“She put me up there in the race,” Van Dyke said. “She’s got that natural speed, and she wants to be in the race. I was just biding my time; I had a couple to beat, but I had good aim. She likes this turf course, no doubt. It’s all clicking for me right now. I’m feeling good and riding good. I want to keep it going.”

Van Dyke had several victories that afternoon, including the day’s supporting feature, the $100,000 Graduation Stakes, aboard Tap the Wire.

There were two other graded stakes during the weekend, and both winners were ridden by Flavien Prat - Bellafina in the Grade II, $200,000 Sorrento Stakes; and River Boyne in the Grade III, $150,000 La Jolla Handicap.

Other major winners during the week were Naughty Tiger ($100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes) and Go On Mary ($81,330 Daisycutter Handicap).