DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) – Potesta beat Viva Carina by 7 1/2 lengths Sunday in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Potesta ran a mile on the synthetic surface in a track-record time of 1:34.86 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10.
Viva Carina returned $10.80 and $5.20, while Starlight Magic was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.
It was Talamo’s ninth stakes victory of the meet and the second of the season for trainer Mike Mitchell, who had brain surgery June 29 and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Mitchell said his ultimate goal for Potesta is the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.