Skimming Wins Pacific Classsic
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) _ Skimming led the entire way for a two-length victory in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday, giving trainer Bobby Frankel his fifth win in the 10-year history of the race.
General Challenge, the defending champion and a 9-10 favorite, placed fourth with substitute jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. riding. He drew the mount after Corey Nakatani was injured two races earlier.
Skimming, with Garrett Gomez aboard, paid $11.40, $6.40 and $4.80 in the race over 1 1/4 miles for 3-year-olds and up at Del Mar.
Nakatani broke his left collarbone in a fall while riding Candance in Paris in the sixth race. The tumble came on the final turn when Candance in Paris clipped heals with Elderberry, which was called for interference and given last place after finishing second.
Candance in Paris, which broke a shoulder, was humanely destroyed.
Tiznow, the only 3-year-old in the seven-horse field, finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Ecton Park. General Challenge came from the back of the field to finish a half-length behind Ecton Park.
Frankel recorded four straight victories in the race from 1992-95, including the last two with Tinners Way.
General Challenge came in as the favorite despite losing his last two races. He lost to Early Pioneer by a length in the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9, following a 90-day layoff after incurring a throat problem in an April race.
Since last year’s win in the Pacific Classic, General Challenge had three victories in eight races.
Ecton Park, who has only one win this year, was the only entry from the East Coast in the field.
In another mishap before the Pacific Classic, jockey Chris McCarron was thrown by Mandola heading to the gate for the seventh race. Mandola raced unattended around the track and was scratched.