By DRF.com DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2012) -- Dry Summer, making his first start on turf and around two turns, rallied down the center of the track and got up in the final strides to beat Power Broker by a neck in the inaugural $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf for 2-year-olds on Wednesday at Del Mar.
Caught Napping was another half-length back in third. The favored He’s Had Enough was sixth in the nine-horse field.
Dry Summer ($16.80) benefited by a torrid early pace set by Power Broker and Buckleberry Grey, who set fractions of 22.36 seconds for a quarter-mile, 45.70 seconds for a half-mile, and 1:10.34 for six furlongs. Dry Summer rallied past them late and completed one mile on firm turf in 1:35.16
The win on Dry Summer gave jockey Joe Talamo his 12th stakes victory at the meet, equaling the single-season mark with two stakes to go on the closing-day card. Rafael Bejarano also has won 12 stakes this meet. Four riders won 12 stakes in a single season in previous years.
Dry Summer, a ridgling by Any Given Saturday, was coming off a win against maidens in his second lifetime start when going six furlongs on Polytrack here on July 28. He is trained by Jeff Mullins, who decided to run Dry Summer in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf, and stablemate Gabriel Charles later in the day in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. Both Dry Summer and Gabriel Charles are owned by Sam Britt and Michael House.