Review of Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar on August 4

Race 8. Yellow Ribbon Handicap , Grade II. For three -year-old and up fillies and mares on turf. Purse $200,000.

The Yellow Ribbon was once called the Palomar Handicap. T name was changed to the Yellow Ribbon in 2012. Race is at Del Mar going 1 1/16 miles on turf for three-year-old and up fillies and mares. Previous winners include A Thousand Stars, Tranquility Lake, Voodoo Dancer, Intercontinental, Precious Kitten and Egg Drop.

PP Filly / Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Beau Recall Corey S. Nakatani Simon Callaghan 8/1
2 Sassy Little Lila Tyler Baze Richard Mandella 15/1
3 Midnight Crossing Tiago Josue Pereira Richard Baltas 20/1
4 Hallie Belle Joe Bravo Michael Stidham 10/1
5 Tisbutadream Tyler Conner Ben Cecil 20/1
6 Storm the Hill Rafael Bejarano Philip D’Amato 9/2
7 Madame Stripes Geovanni Franco Neil Drysdale 8/1
8 Sophie P Kent Desormeaux James Cassidy 8/1
9 Ancient Secret Mike E. Smith Philip D’Amato 8/1
10 Fahan Mura Edwin Maldonado Vladimir Cerin 5/1
11 Cambodia Drayden Van Dyke Thomas Proctor 7/2
12 Pantsonfire Alonso Quinonez Richard Baltas 20/1


This is a very competitive race with ten of the 12 entrants being stakes winners, seven are graded winners, and the two who haven’t won a stakes but have placed in graded stake races.

Sophie P ran sixth in her last time race the Wilshire June 24th behind Storm the Hill and Ancient Secret, both of whom are entered Saturday. She was a game nose winner of the Gamely over Madam Dancealot with Madame Stripes only another neck away in third. She ran sixth in the Royal Heroine Stakes (Grade II) in her U.S. debut on April 7. She ran sixth in her last race in the Wilshire Stakes (Grade III) on June 24.

Madame Stripes set the pace in the Gamely, her last out, before just being caught on the wire to finish third. She started her 2018 season with a nice win in the Megahertz Stakes (Grade III) and was finished third in the Royal Heroine in April. She ran third in the 2017 Group 1 placed in her native country, the bay mare rallied for third in Yellow Ribbon.

Beau Recall won the Royal Heroine. She finished fourth in both the Las Cienegas Stakes (Grade III) and Gamely. She ran second in 2017 in  the Del Mar Oaks (Grade I) and ran the fourth in the Wilshire.

Storm The Hill won in the Wilshire in her last out. She earned a career-best 102 BRIS Speed rating for her Wilshire victory.

Ancient Secret captured the Lake George Stakes (Grade II) at Saratoga in 2016, ran second in the Monrovia Stakes (Grade II). She ran second in the Wilshire.

Hallie Belle takes a step up in the Yellow Ribbon after finishing for third in the Modesty Handicap (Grade III) at Arlington Park on July 7th. She won the Dahlia Stakes at Laurel Park on April 21st.

Sassy Little Lila has placed in multiple Grade 1 races. She ran fifth in both the Wilshire and Royal Heroine in her past two races.

Cambodia won both the Yellow Ribbon and John C. Mabee Stakes during the 2017 summer meeting as part of a nine-race campaign for the year that earned $572,500.  A third-place finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and fourth in the Grade I Matriarch both in November made strong contributions to the yearly earnings total. She has failed to hit the board in two 2018 starts in Grade I events at Keeneland and Belmont Park. She ran seventh in the Just A Game on Belmont Stakes Day, June 9.

Fahan Mura went gate-to-wire winner of the Osunitas Stakes July 20th.  She had a four-race win streak snapped when she ran sixth in the New York Stakes (Grade II).

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Fahan Mura
  • Cambodia
  • Madame Stripes


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