2002-08-25 : 9:56 p.m.
My baby is so frigginly AWESOME!!!!!


Current Song:
Current Rant:
Current Obsession:

OH MY GOD!

::tries to breathe::

He really did it.

Not only did he beat War, but...

...He won the Pacific Classic...

...He won at a mile and a quarter.

He is awesome!

I love my baby!

Go Came Home!

He's out run his spinting pedigree and by a lot! He's amazing and talented!

Go Came Home!

I knew he could do it! I knew it!

I was shaking so hard after the race! Man! I matched my "EEEEEELLLLLLLAAAAAAIIIIINNNNNNEEEEE WON!" reaction after Unbridled Elaine won the Breeders' Cup distaff. I have that reaction on tape too! Lol...

Prayers being sent to Bosque Redondo, I hope he makes it. He did what he was there to do and didn't deserve to break down. I'm praying he'll make it.

Came Home upsets Pacific Classic

By STEVE ANDERSEN

DEL MAR, Calif. - Came Home, who has dominated 3-year-old racing on

the West Coast this year, pulled an upset in Sunday's $1 million

Pacific Classic at Del Mar, a which was marred by a post-race injury

to his entrymate Bosque Redondo.

Came Home ($23) beat 13 others including War Emblem, the Kentucky

Derby and Preakness Stakes winner. The even-money favorite, War

Emblem led briefly in early stretch, but finished sixth, fading in

the final furlong.

Came Home ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.45 for his sixth stakes win of

2002, all in California. Trained by Paco Gonzalez, Came Home's only

loss this year was a sixth in the Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Came Home was always within four lengths of

the front.

For the first half of the race, Came Home was fifth, chasing

pacesetters Bosque Redondo and Sky Jack, who set fractions of 22.52;

45.48 and 1:09.82, and stalkers War Emblem and Momentum.

On the final turn, War Emblem made the first move on the leaders,

with Came Home reacting quickly with a four-wide rally.

"I knew we'd win at the three-eighths pole," said co-owner Trudy

McCaffery.

"Mike had him under wraps the whole way."

Turning for home, there were four horses across the track within a

span of 1 1/2 lengths. War Emblem led for a few strides, but was

quickly caught by Came Home.

"Everything went my way," Smith said. "I had a wonderful trip, the

best."

Through the final furlong, Came Home was hard ridden to hold off an

unlucky Momentum, who was blocked between the quarter-pole and the

eighth pole.

Momentum closed ground in the final furlong, but finished three-

quarters of a length behind Came Home. Milwaukee Brew closed from

13th to finish third, followed by Pleasantly Perfect, Bosque Redondo

and War Emblem, who finished 4 1/4 lengths behind Came Home.

Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza said War Emblem was

not prepared at the start. War Emblem was taken out of the gate with

a few horses yet to be loaded and was loaded last.

"The back door to the gate wasn't even closed when they opened the

front one," Espinoza said. "He wasn't ready to break and we came

away a little too slow."

Bosque Redondo was stricken a few strides after the finish. A winner

of 7 of 17 starts and $949,267, the 5-year-old Bosque Redondo

suffered fractured sesamoids and a condylar fracture to his right

foreleg, according to Gonzalez. Flores was unseated when Bosque

Redondo broke down and took off the rest of his mounts.

The injury cast a pall on the second Pacific Classic win for owners

McCaffery and John Toffan, who won with Free House in 1998. They

share ownership of Came Home with Bill Farish and John Goodman.

"It just kind of takes the wind out of your sails," McCaffery said.

Came Home has won 9 of 11 starts and $1,835,940. Toffan mentioned

the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 6 as a

possible prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Arlington Park on

Oct. 26.

"...It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away..."



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