Caribou Club Gets The Trip For Seabiscuit Triumph

Glen Hill Farm’s Caribou Club, benefitting from a trouble-free trip under the expert guidance of jockey Joe Talamo, asserted himself in the stretch to win the Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap in decisive fashion Saturday at Del Mar.

Able to save ground for most of the mile and one-sixteenth journey over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, Caribou Club surged into contention from between horses entering the stretch and went on to score by a length and one-quarter in 1:41.38 for the distance.

Second was the longest shot in the field of a dozen, 70-1 Secretary At War and jockey Ruben Fuentes, a head in front of the rapidly-closing 8-5 favorite, Synchrony. Fourth was Big Score.

Caribou Club, a four-year-old gelded son of City Zip trained by Tom Proctor, went to the gate at 7-1 and returned $16.20, $10.20 and $4.80 after his sixth win in 16 starts. First money of $120,000 increased his earnings to $444,744. Secretary At War paid $47.40 and $12.60, while Synchrony returned $3 to show.

Glen Hill Farm and Proctor won Friday’s $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup with Chicago Style who was piloted by Drayden Van Dyke.

Quotes from connections:

JOE TALAMO (Caribou Club, winner) – “Good trip all the way. He was a lot closer up this time; they weren’t running any :42 and 3 like last time (down the hill at Santa Anita). When I asked him, he had a great turn of foot. I used a saddle Gary Stevens gave me today. When he retired, he gave me one of his saddles, and one to Mike Smith and one to Drayden Van Dyke. Now I know why he won all those stakes races.”

RUBEN FUENTES (Secretary At War, second) – “He went really well. In a perfect spot; saving ground and just running game all the way. He hung in there. He ran huge.”

JOE BRAVO (Synchrony, third) – “It’s turf racing – what are you going to do (referring to his overland trip). You love it and you hate it at the same time.”

TOM PROCTOR (Caribou Club, winner) – “I hot-walked this horse’s seventh (generations removed) dam for my dad and trained from about the fifth dam on. It’s nice to win one. This is a good horse, I think he’ll run well down the hill (at Santa Anita).”

Proctor passed his father, Willard, for stakes wins at Del Mar on Friday when Chicago Style took the Hollywood Turf Cup for No. 18 for Tom. “I told him I would,” Proctor said. Caribou Club was No. 19.

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