Acclimation set an easy, uncontested pace and then held off Twirling Candy in the final furlongs to take the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Twirling Candy, sent off as the 2/1 favorite, once again came up short when attempting to win going a mile and a quarter. The son of former Pacific Classic winner Candy Ride (ARG) looked like he was going to finally notch that elusive win when he swung to the outside of Acclimation in deep stretch but the colt flattened out inside the final furlong and had to settle for second.
Acclimation stopped the timer in 2:00.61, a new track record at the distance on the Del Mar polytrack.
It is questionable that Acclimation will be a major player in the Breeders' Cup Classic as every race he's won in his career has been on turf or (now) synthetics. Additionally, Acclimation is not currently nominated to the Breeders' Cup.
5-Acclimation: 10.80, 5.40, 5.00
10-Twirling Candy: 4.00, 3.40
3-Stately Victor: 7.00
$1 Exacta: 21.10
$1 Tri: 378.20
$0.10 Super: 139.21
$2 Double: 111.60
$1 Pick 3: 223.70