When 3-year-old Sharp Samurai won a race at Santa Anita on June 17 and was promptly sold, his new owners had plenty of enticing options for his next challenge.
The Grade I Belmont Derby, Grade II Los Alamitos Derby and Del Mar’s big turf opener, the Oceanside, were all considerations.
None of them ended up feeling right.
With six career races for the horse — three of them wins — trainer Mark Glatt opted to rest Sharp Samurai and ready him for the second of Del Mar’s three premier summer turf races.
The strategy proved sound when Sharp Samurai ran to a narrow, thrilling victory on Sunday over 1 1/8 miles on the grass in the Grade III $150,000 La Jolla...