Chasing Yesterday Headlines Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar On Monday

(Chasing Yesterday will face former rivals in the Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar on Monday/ Photo Courtesy of Benoit Photo & Del Mar Turf Club)

From the Del Mar Media Team:

Two-year-old fillies Chasing Yesterday, It’sjustanillusion and Andyoushallreceive, the one-two-three finishers, respectively, in the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita in mid-October, will be rematched Monday in the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes, seven-furlong feature of a special Veterans Day racing program at Del Mar. Post time for the first of eight races will be 12:30 p.m.

Chasing Yesterday, full sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, won the Anoakia by a game half-length as the 3-5 favorite over It’sjustanillusion, with Andyoushallreceive four and one-half lengths farther back. Also entered in the Desi Arnaz are Der Lu, fourth in the Chandelier after breaking her maiden at Del Mar and Boujie Girl, third in both the Sorrento and Del Mar Debutante last summer.

Drayden Van Dyke again has the call from trainer Bob Baffert aboard Chasing Yesterday, Flavien Prat rides It’sjustanillusion for conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer and Tiago Pereira again will ride Andyoushallreceive for trainer Brian Koriner.

Joe Talamo will pilot Der Lu, while Rafael Bejarano is listed aboard Boujie Girl.

The Desi Arnaz Stakes is carded as the second race.


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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