Chasing Aces Sets Track Record and Midnight Storm Follows with Win in Eddie Reed
It’s never too early to start thinking about next spring for 3-year-olds, even when the summer is swinging into full beach gear with the successful opening weekend at Del Mar. Fans flooded the seaside track 20 miles North of San Diego ‘Where the Turf Meets the Surf’ and celebrated in style opening weekend. And on Sunday, the crowd watched juvenile Chasing Aces break a 52-year old track record by running five furlongs in in 56.21 seconds.
With jockey Tyler Baze aboard, Chasing Aces earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure while galloping to a 5 ¼ length victory in the nine horse allowance race. He blew away a quality-looking group of maidens as the 4-5 favorite, Chasing Aces paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10.
You can watch for the chestnut son of Flatter to next run in the Grade 2, $200,000 Best Pal on Aug. 13, or perhaps the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day, Sept. 5.
Following that record run by Chasing Aces in Race 8, Midnight Storm took to the turf in Race 9 and went wire-to-wire in the 1 1/8 mile Grade II Eddie Reed Stakes. The 8-5 favorite paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.60. The 5-year-old Midnight Storm, by Pioneer of the Nile, has won 7 of 17 races including 4 of 5 on the Del Mar turf. He could run again next month in the Del Mar Mile, and will certainly be pointed towards the Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf at Santa Anita November 5.