Del Mar Stable News

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Rosario, Brown Complete Grade I Sweep as Uni Wins Matriarch

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Uni © Benoit Photo Providing jockey Joel Rosario and trainer Chad Brown with a sweep of Del Mar’s two Grade I stakes events this weekend, Great Britain-bred Uni rallied from next-to-last with a blazing burst...

Stable Notes December 2, 2018

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Luke Wilson, Victor Espinoza, Joel Rosario, Owen Wilson (Left to Right) © Del Mar Thoroughbred Club VICTOR ESPINOZA BACK AT DEL MAR WITH OPTIMISTIC REPORT Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was back at Del...

Raging Bull, Rosario Win Grade I Hollywood Derby

Saturday, December 1st, 2018   (1 month ago)
Raging Bull © Benoit Photo With a devastating rally in the stretch, 9-5 favored Raging Bull, an Eastern invader piloted by Joel Rosario, powered past a game River Boyne in the final strides to win...

Stable Notes December 1, 2018

Saturday, December 1st, 2018   (1 month ago)
Fahan Mura © Benoit Photo ‘HORSE FOR THE COURSE’ COULD BE KEY TO SUNDAY’S MATRIARCH The rains that doused the Jimmy Durante Turf Course Thursday and Friday have added questions and intrigue to the mix...

Magic Musketier, Desormeaux Win Del Mar Feature

Friday, November 30th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Magic Musketier © Benoit Photo Providing Hall of Famer jockey Kent Desormeaux with his second straight victory of the afternoon, Magic Musketier outfinished Extraordinary Jerry in the final strides to win Del Mar’s feature race...

Matriarch Stakes Climaxes Del Mar's 2018 Fall Racing Season

Friday, November 30th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Vasilika © Benoit Photo Del Mar ends its 16-day 2018 Fall racing season Sunday featuring older fillies and mares in the Grade I $300,000 Matriarch Stakes at one mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf...

Stable Notes November 30, 2018

Friday, November 30th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Carrick © Del Mar Thoroughbred Club NEW YORK INVADERS COULD HAVE BIG SAY IN HOLLYWOOD DERBY Among his many credentials, Nick Esler is a licensed trainer who this week served an advance man for his...

Goodwillambassador Wins Del Mar Feature

Thursday, November 29th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Goodwillambassador © Benoit Photo Strongly handled by jockey Aaron Gryder, Goodwillambassador prevailed in a three-horse finish in Thursday’s feature race at one mile over a sloppy main track. Goodwillambassador, owned by Mitchell and Smith and...

East Vs. West in Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby Saturday

Thursday, November 29th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Raging Bull © Del Mar Thoroughbred Club It’ll be East Versus West Saturday when 14 talented three-year-olds clash in the Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby at a mile and one-eighth over the infield Jimmy Durante...

Stables Notes November 29, 2018

Thursday, November 29th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Instilled Regard © Benoit Photo CHAD BROWN QUINTET SET FOR GRADE I WEEKEND STAKES Jose Hernandez, assistant to the nation’s leading trainer, Chad Brown, was on the end of a lead chain attached to Instilled...

Battle of Midway Outduels Dabster in Native Diver Stakes

Sunday, November 25th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Battle of Midway © Benoit Photo In a virtual match race, odds-on favored Battle of Midway, piloted by Flavien Prat, outdueled a game Dabster, ridden by Joe Talamo, to win the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes...

Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (Gr III)

Sunday, November 25th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Flying Scotsman © Benoit Photo FLAVIEN PRAT (Flying Scotsman, winner) – “He doesn’t act like a 2-year-old; he’s very professional. When I asked him today, he gave me a very good kick. He feels like...

Stable Notes November 25, 2018

Sunday, November 25th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Vasilika © Benoit Photo DERBY, MATRIARCH POSSIBLES PORTEND EXCITING CLOSING WEEKEND When November turns to December next weekend, fall racing at Del Mar will wrap up for 2018. And, as is the case in any...

Caribou Club Triumphs in Seabiscuit Handicap

Saturday, November 24th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Caribou Club © Benoit Photo Glen Hill Farm’s Caribou Club, benefitting from a trouble-free trip under the expert guidance of jockey Joe Talamo, asserted himself in the stretch to win the Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit...

Jimmy Durante Stakes (Gr III)

Saturday, November 24th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Elsa © Benoit Photo JOE BRAVO (Elsa, winner) – “No sprint, no soft – just what we wanted. (The filly had finished far behind in a sprint stakes on a yielding course at Laurel in...

Native Diver, DeMille Stakes Top Del Mar's Sunday Program

Saturday, November 24th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Battle of Midway © Benoit Photo The $100,000 Native Diver Stakes for older Thoroughbreds and the $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes for two-year-olds will be the featured attractions Sunday at Del Mar. Battle of Midway,...

Stable Notes November 24, 2018

Saturday, November 24th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Gary Stevens © Benoit Photo A TRIFECTA OF HALL OF FAMERS ON THE RETIREMENT OF GARY STEVENS A few minutes before the fourth race on today’s program, Del Mar will honor Hall of Fame jockey...

Chicago Style Wins Hollywood Turf Cup

Friday, November 23rd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Chicago Style © Benoit Photo Glen Hill Farm’s 9-5 favored Chicago Style, under a well-timed ride by jockey Drayden Van Dyke, rallied powerfully in the stretch to forge ahead in the final strides and win...

Stakes Doubleheader Tops Saturday Card at Del Mar

Friday, November 23rd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will present an enticing stakes doubleheader Saturday, featuring two-year-old fillies in the Grade III $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes and then older grass runners in the Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap. Post...

Stable Notes November 23, 2018

Friday, November 23rd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Mike Smith PINCHECK AIMS FOR FIRST U.S. CHECK IN SATURDAY’S SEABISCUIT The trip from his native Ireland last week went smoothly for Pincheck. Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap figures to be at least somewhat...