Prime Attraction ‘Going To Fight’ If Asked In Pacific Classic

A glance at all the “1”s and “2”s in the past performance lines for Prime Attraction leads to the logical conclusion that Prime Attraction will be in the vanguard, if not leading it, early in the 28th running of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic.

“It will be interesting to see who goes (to the front) besides me,” trainer Jim Cassidy said at the post position draw party on Tuesday. “I know somebody is going to go besides me.

“If (Prime Attraction) gets a guy next to him, he’s going to fight him. He’s done that several times. And if somebody wants to press, it could be bad for both them and us.”

A 5-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song owned by Deron Pearson (D P Racing), Prime Attraction is something of a late-bloomer and an obvious “horse for the course” at Del Mar. Especially in the fall.

Prime Attraction broke his maiden in his second career start, as a three-year-old here in November of 2016, and returned to record some highlights of a breakout 2017 campaign of three wins in 10 starts and earnings of $198,800. Last summer he was fourth in both the Wickerr Stakes and the Grade II Del Mar Handicap on turf. In November, in the Grade III Native Diver Handicap, Prime Attractiion was never worse than second and pulled away to a 2 ½ length victory

“He is a difficult horse to ride,” Cassidy conceded.  “If you push him a little bit he’ll take off. And if you put too much of a hold on him he’ll take off. You have to sit chilly and let him do his thing.

“So we’ll see how he breaks Saturday and see what happens.”

Kent Desormeaux was aboard for the first time in a front-running effort in the Grade II $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The race comments say Prime Attraction “fought back” in a stretch duel and finished third, beaten only a neck by Catapult.

“I ran him on the turf (in the Eddie Read) because I didn’t think I had him tight enough to run him on the dirt at that time. So we thought we’d give him a race on the turf, which would tighten him up for the next race. We always wanted to run him back on the dirt.

“He ran an unbelievable race and Kent rode him perfectly.”

In his 2018 debut in February in the Grade II San Pasqual at Santa Anita,  Prime Attraction was second, beaten only 1 ¾ lengths, by Pacific Classic morning line favorite Accelerate. They met again in March, things went awry and Accelerate was a clear winner while Prime Attraction was a distant sixth of seven.

In terms of earnings, it’s not easy to tell whether Prime Attraction prefers dirt ($175,835) or turf ($124,510). But Cassidy has a preference.

“The thing is that on the turf you’ve got to have a big late kick,” Cassidy said. “He doesn’t have that, he’s a steady goer. So he’s actually a better dirt than turf horse.”

The field from the rail: The Lieutenant (Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1), Dr. Dorr (Joe Talamo, 6-1), Prime Attraction (Kent Desormeaux, 8-1), Roman Rosso (Flavien Prat, 5-1), Accelerate (Joel Rosario, 8-5), Beach View (Rafael Bejarano,  15-1). Pavel (Mario Gutierrez, 7-2) and Two Thirty Five (Franklin Ceballos, 20-1).

The TVG Pacific Classic is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November at Churchill Downs. The Classic is scheduled as the 10th on an 11-race program with an approximate post of 6:40 p.m.

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