Beach View Upsets Hoppertunity In Cougar II Handicap

Given a ground-saving ride by jockey Rafael Bejarano, Beach View swept to the front along the rail turning into the stretch and easily defeated odds-on favored Hoppertunity in the featured $100,000 Cougar II Handicap Wednesday at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif.

Beach View, owned by Levy Racing and trained by Leonard Powell, won the mile and one-half marathon over Del Mar’s main dirt track by 4 3/4 lengths over Hoppertunity, who went to the post at 3-5 in the Grade 3 race under jockey Flavien Prat while conceding nine pounds to the winner, 125-116.

Third in the field of seven older horses was Full of Luck, 2 1/4 lengths behind the second horse and a length ahead of fourth-place Twentytwentyvision. Deal With It Dude was scratched.

“My horse has speed, but we came away from there nice and easy and he was relaxed, so I took a little hold,” said Bejarano. “My position was good throughout. Then coming for home I got through inside and he went. He likes the distance. It’s good for him.”

Beach View, a son of Giant’s Causeway, accomplished the distance in 2:34.02 and returned $20, $5.80 and $3.80 while earning $60,000 with his third win in 10 outings.It was the 5-year-old horse’s initial success in a stakes event.  Hoppertunity, a winner of almost $4.7 million and several significant stakes in his career, paid $2.60 and $2.10, while Full of Luck returned $4.20 to show.

“He was 0-for-2 on the dirt, but one of them was the first race of his career and the other was the Tokyo City Cup, where he ran the best number of his life,” said Powell. “I thought we would be a bit closer to the pace, but Rafael (Bejarano) made the right call. We’ll see how he comes back. Maybe the mile and three eighths (Del Mar Handicap, August 18), which is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In, or we may look out of town. We have options with him.”

Stormy Liberal, winner of the G1 Breeders’ Turf Sprint last November at Del Mar, won Wednesday’s fourth race, outfinishing Tribalist by a nose under jockey Drayden Van Dyke. Stormy Liberal stepped the five furlongs on grass in :55.72 and paid $4 as the favorite.

There were no perfect tickets in Wednesday’s Pick Six. Thus, Thursday’s program will have a carryover of $44,416 in the Pick Six. Post time is 2 p.m.

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