War Heroine, trained by Encinitas resident Peter Miller, narrowly held off Ollie’s Candy to win the Grade II, $200,000 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday, July 21. The favorite, Ms. Bad Behavior, finished third.
With Tyler Baze in the saddle, War Heroine traveled the mile on the turf course in 1:34.90.
“She’s got a big heart and a lot of speed,” Miller said. “I didn’t think we’d be on the lead, and I told Tyler she doesn’t need to be, but if they give it to you, take it. He rode a super race, got reasonable fractions, and she really kicked home strong. I see no reason not to try her in the (Grade I) Del Mar Oaks (on Aug. 18). I think that’s the move, and that’s what we’ll do.”
The 3-year-old filly is owned by film producer Gary Barber.
In Saturday’s co-feature, Catalina Cruiser kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap.
Other major winners so far this meet - which started July 18 -include Catapult (Grade II, $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes), Restrainedvengence ($100,000 Oceanside Stakes), Double Touch ($83,615 Wickerr Stakes) and Fahan Mura ($82,125 Osunitas Stakes, owned by Rancho Santa Fe resident Michael Mellen of Bran Jam Stable and partner David W. Clark).
Del Mar also reported an increase in some key numbers after the first five days of the 36-day meeting.
Daily average attendance was 18,201 per day, up 9.4 percent from the first week of 2017, which averaged 16,638 people.
Total wagering increased 8.6 percent, with an average daily handle of $14,737,431, compared with $13,574,927 last year.