Del Mar Thanksgiving: East Coast Presence for Red Carpet Stakes

By Margaret Ransom

Closing weekend at Del Mar will be packed with stakes races from start to finish, beginning with the $100,000 Red Carpet Stakes (G3) on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26).

The seventh running of the 1 3/8-mile race on the grass drew a field of 10 fillies and mares, including a pair from East Coast-based trainers, Chad Brown’s Orglandes (the 5-2 favorite) and Graham Motion’s Blame Debbie (the 3-1 second choice).

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Michael Cloonan and Timothy Thornton’s Blame Debbie is a 3-year-old daughter of Blame riding a three-race win streak that includes the 1 ½-mile Dowager Stakes (G3) at Keeneland five weeks ago.

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Wonder Stables’ Orglandes, a lightly raced 4-year-old French-bred filly who won an allowance race at Belmont Park in just her second stateside start. Regular riders Manny Franco (Blame Debbie) and Irad Ortiz, Jr., (Orglandes) also make the trip West.

The top local contenders include Never Be Enough, California Kook and Going to Vegas.

The first race at Del Mar on Thursday goes off at 11 a.m. PT, the Red Carpet post time listed at 1:30 p.m. as the sixth race. Among past winners of the race formerly known as the Beverly Hills Handicap when it was run at Hollywood Park, were Swingtime (twice), Track Robbery, Royal Heroine, Estrapade, Flawlessly (twice), Windsharp, Astra (twice) and Megahertz.

The field, from the rail out, with jockey, trainer, odds:

California Kook
Joel Rosario
Pete Miller
Never Be Enough (GB)
Tiago Pereira
Manuel Badilla
Colonial Creed
Flavien Prat
Richard Baltas
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Chad Brown
Going to Vegas
Mario Gutierrez
Richard Baltas
Jose Valdivia, Jr.
Victoria Oliver
Aunt Lubie
Victor Espinoza
Richard Mandella
Blame Debbie
Manny Franco
Graham Motion
Hollywood Girl
Mike Smith
John Shirreffs
Umberto Rispoli
John Sadler
Margaret Ransom
California native and lifelong horsewoman Margaret Ransom is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. She got her start in racing working in the publicity departments at Calder Race Course and Hialeah Park, as well as in the racing office at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. She then spent six years in Lexington, KY, at where she helped create and develop the company’s popular newsletters, Handicapper’s Edge and Bloodstock Journal.

After returning to California, she served six years as the Southern California news correspondent for BloodHorse, assisted in the publicity department at Santa Anita Park and and was a contributor to many other racing publications, including HorsePlayer Magazine and Trainer Magazine. She then spent seven years at HRTV and in various roles as researcher, programming assistant, producer and social media and marketing manager. She has also walked hots and groomed runners, worked the elite sales in Kentucky for top-class consignors and volunteers for several race horse retirement organizations, including CARMA.

Margaret’s very first Breeders’ Cup was at Hollywood Park in 1984 and she has attended more than half of the Breeders’ Cups since. She counts Holy Bull as her favorite horse of all time. She lives in Pasadena with her longtime beau, Tony, three Australian Shepherds and one Golden Retriever.