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Holy Candy, Blingo, Head Divisions of Del Mar’s Oceanside

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The Oceanside Stakes, traditional opening day feature at Del Mar, will be run in divisions for the for the first time in four years – but the 21st time in 24 years – on Wednesday.

The Oceanside was oversubscribed and run in at least divisions every year from 1989 to 2008.

A field of nine 3-year-olds will go the mile on turf in the first division, carded as the sixth race. Del Mar linemaker Russ Hudak has made Blingo, with the Zenyatta connections of owners Jerry and Ann Moss, trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Mike Smith, the 3-1 opening line favorite ahead of 7-2 Boat Trip.

Blingo was fifth last time out in the Affirmed Handicap (G3) at Betfair Hollywood Park. Boat Trip, an OBS graduate, won the Tsunami Slew Stakes at Hollywood Park in his most recent start for trainer Michael Pender.

Facoltoso (GB) makes his U.S. debut for trainer Simon Callaghan and owner Charles Winner. The son of Refuse to Bend (IRE) has raced in Italy where he has won four of 13 lifetime and two of five this season. Garrett Gomez has the call on the 8-1 shot on the morning line.

The second division, carded as the ninth on a 10-race program, also has a field of nine with Holy Candy a solid 7-5 opening favorite. Holy Candy is owned by the Craig Stables and Donkey Island Racing LLC, trained by John Sadler and will be ridden by Garrett Gomez.

After breaking his maiden impressively at Santa Anita in March, Holy Candy finished a rallying fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) over Polytrack at Keeneland. He finished third most recently in the Affirmed Handicap (G3) over Betfair Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track.

Ocala’s Glen Hill Farm will be represented in the second division with homebred Old Time Hockey. The Florida-bred son of Smarty Jones is out of the A.P. Indy mare Grat. Tom Proctor is the trainer and Julien Leparoux has the mount.

OBS graduate Majestic City drew the rail in the second division for trainer Peter Miller. Owned by Bloom Racing Stable, the son of City Zip is winless in two turf tries.

–Del Mar Publicity contributed to this report

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