Strong Mandate colt debuts a winner in Del Mar MdSpWt
Monday, August 20, 2018
Policy repelled a stiff challenge by Feeling Strong deep in the Del Mar stretch to break his maiden by nearly a length in the 5 1/2-furlong affair for 2-year-olds.

The chestnut colt is Strong Mandate's second winner from his first crop of runners. The Three Chimneys stallion has also had some excellent results in the sales ring. His 2-year-olds have averaged $156,050 this year, fourth among all freshman sires.

Policy broke well, but was eased back by red-hot rider Drayden Van Dyke, and was last of eight at the mid-point on the backstretch. Around the turn, he steadily advanced between horses, eventually taking command with less than a furlong to run. The winner dug in gamely to hold off the runner-up, stopping the timer in 1:05.95 on a fast main track.

Policy was a $250,000 purchase by his owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and ERJ Racing at the OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training in April. Bred by Richard Barton Enterprises, Policy is a half-brother to Sorrento S. (G2) winner Spectator.
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