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Nation Grammer took the winner’s share of a $12 million purse in his final begin. Now he’s set to run in entrance of U.S. racing followers for the primary time in additional than a yr.

The Bob Baffert-trained Nation Grammer (5-2) is morning-line favourite for the Grade 2, $300,000 San Diego Handicap. Put up time from Del Mar is 9:37 p.m. EDT, with TVG to point out the 1 1/16-mile race for dust routers aged 3 and up.

The San Diego serves because the native prep for the $1 million Pacific Basic (G1) on Sept. 3. Most Safety (2020), California Chrome (2016) and Skimming (2000, 2001) all achieved the San Diego-Pacific Basic double for the reason that flip of the century.

Nation Grammer leads a subject of 9 that features three different Grade 1 winners: Mandaloun (4-1), There Goes Harvard (5-1) and Tripoli (6-1).

In his final begin on home soil, Nation Grammer received Santa Anita’s Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes (G1) in Could 2021. The son of Tonalist missed the remainder of his 4-year-old season and didn’t begin once more till February’s Saudi Cup (G1), wherein he ran second at King Abdulaziz Racecourse.

One begin later, Nation Grammer took the Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 26 at Meydan Racecourse beneath jockey Frankie Dettori. Again residence within the U.S., jockey John Velazquez will get a leg up from Baffert on Saturday because the 5-year-old makes his Del Mar debut.

Whereas Nation Grammer didn’t try to defend his 2021 Hollywood Gold Cup crown, the highest 4 finishers from the 2022 version of that race Could 30 at Santa Anita will run within the San Diego. That quartet is, so as of end within the race, There Goes Harvard, Defunded (5-1), Royal Ship (4-1) and Stilleto Boy (6-1).

Brad Cox trains Mandaloun, who was promoted in February to winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby. He settled for fourth place July 2 at Churchill Downs within the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2), his first begin since operating ninth within the Saudi Cup.

Tripoli received the 2021 Pacific Basic however has missed the board in every of his three subsequent begins, together with a fourth-place end June 19 at Santa Anita over turf within the American Stakes (G3). His coach, John Sadler, has received this race 4 instances, all since 2013.

Here’s a have a look at the sector for the 2022 San Diego Handicap (coach and jockey in parentheses) with morning-line odds:

1. There Goes Harvard (Michael McCarthy, Diego Herrera), 5-1

2. Defunded (Bob Baffert, Abel Cedillo), 5-1

3. Mandaloun (Brad Cox, Florent Geroux), 4-1

4. Stilleto Boy (Ed Moger Jr., Juan Hernandez), 6-1

5. Senor Buscador (Todd Fincher, Edwin Maldonado), 20-1

6. Parnelli (John Shirreffs, Victor Espinoza), 15-1

7. Tripoli (John Sadler, Tiago Pereira), 6-1

8. Nation Grammer (Bob Baffert, John Velazquez), 5-2

9. Royal Ship (Richard Mandella, Mike Smith), 4-1

TimeformUS’ tempo projections present Defunded going out to the lead beneath jockey Abel Cedillo, adopted by Parnelli. Favourite Nation Grammer is predicted settle mid-pack within the early going.

San Diego hyperlinks

Reinier Macatangay examines coaching movies and asks if Nation Grammer will hearth off the bench after competing in each the Saudi Cup and Dubai World Cup. Macatangay additionally makes win bets for the San Diego and the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1).

Tremendous Screener is wanting previous Nation Grammer and Mandaloun for its prime win contender. A second Bob Baffert runner, Defunded, is rated the highest win contender.

On this week’s version of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod, coach Brad Cox talks about sending Mandaloun to Del Mar. Cox may even ship Shedaresthedevil subsequent week to defend her 2021 victory within the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1).

Coach John Shirreffs explains why Categorical Prepare is bypassing the San Diego to await the Pacific Basic.

This week on HorseCenter, hosts Matt Shifman and Brian Zipse make their picks for the San Diego and in addition handicap the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.

Paul Benequista presents superfecta keys for Del Mar and Saratoga, figuring out Stilleto Boy as “a really hard-hitting runner” to incorporate on tickets.

Defunded is amongst 9 of J. Keeler Johnson’s watch checklist runners beginning this weekend at Del Mar and Saratoga.

Horsemen from out of state lured to Del Mar by the prospects of “ship and win” bonus cash found in the course of the first week of the meet that the pickings received’t come simple on the seaside oval.

Saturday stakes

Here’s a have a look at different graded stakes happening Saturday throughout the U.S. All submit instances are EDT.

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4:50 p.m. – $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1), 3-and-up, six furlongs, Saratoga, Fox

Jackie’s Warrior (1-5) will carry 127 kilos ­– six greater than every other rival – as he goals for a twelfth victory in 16 profession begins and fifth on the Grade 1 degree. Jockey Joel Rosario stays aboard the 4-year-old Maclean’s Music colt, last-out winner of the True North Stakes (G2) on June 10 at Belmont Park, for coach Steve Asmussen. Saffie Joseph Jr. trains Ny Visitors (6-1), eighth-place runner within the 2020 Kentucky Derby, who received the Chocolate City Stakes on June 17 at Penn Nationwide. Willy Boi (8-1) is on a three-race win streak for coach Jorge Delgado, together with within the Smile Dash Invitational Stakes (G3) on July 2 at Gulfstream Park.

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5:37 p.m. – $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2), 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles, Saratoga, Fox

Epicenter (3-2) returns to the races for the primary time since ending second in each the Preakness Stakes on Could 21 at Pimlico and the Kentucky Derby two weeks prior at Churchill Downs. After being squeezed again early within the Preakness, Rosario will hope for a steadier journey Saturday aboard the Not This Time colt for Asmussen. Chad Brown trains Early Voting (8-5), who completed 1 1/4 lengths forward of Epicenter to attain Brown his second Preakness triumph. Fellow Brown trainee and Grade 1 winner Zandon (2-1) loomed down the Churchill stretch Could 7 however completed third behind late-charging victor Wealthy Strike and runner-up Epicenter.

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8:37 p.m. – $400,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1), 3-and-up, six furlongs, Del Mar, TVG

Shaaz (7-2), who’s skilled by Bob Baffert, ran third for coach Sean McCarthy on Could 30 in Lone Star’s Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3), a race that passed off throughout Baffert’s three-month suspension. Jockey Juan Hernandez will get the decision on the 4-year-old Uncle Mo colt on this “win and also you’re in” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Dash. Joseph trains Grade 1 winner Drain the Clock (4-1), who ships west off a fourth-place run within the Smile Dash. American Theorem (4-1) made the grade Could 29 in Santa Anita’s Triple Bend Stakes (G2) for coach George Papaprodromou.

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