By Stormy Atlantic, the bay colt set the early pace and refused to be collared late under Martin Garcia. My Best Brother shrugged off a late charge from Tones (IRE) and covered the one mile on turf in 1:34.39
“He’s got natural speed,” said Garcia. “You just have to let him do his thing. I rode him once before and took a hold, and he didn’t like it at all. He wanted to fight me. So I just let him do his thing. He was going along so naturally; just doing it himself. When it came time to ask him to run, he was there. He’s a good one.”
The win in the Oceanside was the fourth for trainer Julio Canani. It was his 41st stakes win at Del Mar, which ties him (with John Sadler) for seventh on the track’s all-time list for conditioners.
“The last three times he’s run, I put those things (sheepskin cheek pieces) on him and he has won all three,” said winning conditioner Julio Canani. “He used to go out, he used to go in, now he’s focused. I’ll play it by ear (regarding the 3-year-old stakes series of Oceanside-La Jolla-Del Mar Derby).”
The win in the Oceanside was the first for Martin Garcia. It was his 11the Del Mar stakes victory.
My Best Brother is a homebred for Al Eisman and William Currin. The Oceanside was the third consecutive win for My Best Brother. In his prior start, he wired an optional claiming field on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Race favorite Holy Candy didn’t run a step in the race, trailing throughout under Garrett Gomez.
“I don’t want to guess (as to what happened to him),” Gomez told Del Mar Publicity following the race.
Track veterinarians later said that the colt appeared to have suffered a non-life threatening injury to his left front leg.
–Del Mar Publicity contributed to this report.
My Best Brother/Benoit photo