Einstein, winner of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 and fifth in the recent Arlington Million on turf, will be shipped to California to run in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Sept. 6.
The richest North American horse currently in training with more than $2.7 million in earnings, Einstein is scheduled to be flown to California on Aug. 31. If he fares well in the 1 1/4-mile race on the track’s Polytrack surface, he’ll likely remain in Southern California for the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita.
Einstein, a 7-year-old Brazilian-bred son of Spend a Buck, has won on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces and will join a large field that is expected to include Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip, 2008 Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes champion Colonel John, San Diego Handicap winner Informed and Eddie Read Stakes winner Global Hunter.
Julien Leparoux, who rode Einstein in the Santa Anita Handicap, has the call again on the Helen Pitts-trained horse in the Pacific Classic.