Del Mar will present a stakes doubleheader on July 24 with the 48th running of the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes (G2) being one of the offerings and the 54th edition of the $200,000 San Clemente Stakes (G2) being the other.
The pair of black type, added-money affairs will highlight an 11-race card that has a first post of 2 p.m.
The Eddie Read, named for Del Mar’s long-time publicity director, has drawn a field of seven solid older stakes aces, including Cannon Thoroughbred’s Smooth Like Strait and LNJ Foxwoods’ United. They’ll run 1 1/8-miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course in Race 8 on the program.
Then the San Clemente, named for the Orange Country beach town just above the Marines’ Camp Pendelton base north of the track, will go forth with a dozen 3-year-old fillies in the gate for a one-mile spin on the grass that is scheduled to be Race 10.
Going Global (IRE), a stakes winner of all four of her U.S. starts this year, appears a stout choice and surely the one to beat in the San Clemente, which serves as a key prep for the track’s championship race for sophomore fillies – the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (G1) at nine furlongs on Aug. 21.
Smooth Like Straight, trained by Mike McCarthy, comes into the Eddie Read off a front-running tally in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita on May 31. The handy 4-year-old by sprint champion Midnight Lute is a seven-time winner who has banked $933,823 and could take a bunch of catching Saturday.
United has won eight races and more than $1.5 million over a 19-race career thus far. The 6-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway won the Eddie Read last year.
In the San Clemente, Going Global, a daughter of Mehmas, won only one of four starts in her native land as a 2-year-old, but has done nothing but win with her shift stateside. She is conditioned by Phil D’Amato.