Del Mar Stable News

These news articles are specific to the Backside including Stable Notes and other race-related stories. For official Press Releases and announcements, you can read our News & Press Releases.

Sunday, August 30th, 2015   (1 hour ago)
By Hank Wesch STELLAR WIND FOLLOWS BEHOLDER’S PATH IN TORREY PINES In 2013, Beholder, trained by Richard Mandella and ridden by Gary Stevens, ended a four-month layoff with a victory in the Torrey Pines Stakes....
Saturday, August 29th, 2015   (20 hours ago)
On an afternoon when stablemate and Triple Crown champion American Pharoah stunningly lost in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga in New York, Gimme Da Lute salvaged a small amount of success for the...
Saturday, August 29th, 2015   (1 day ago)
By Hank Wesch IN A TRANSITION YEAR, BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR RAFAEL BEJARANO With two wins Friday, the second aboard Patriotic Diamond in the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes, Rafael Bejarano enters the final eight days...
Friday, August 28th, 2015   (1 day ago)
Patriotic Diamond, a well-backed 9-5 second choice despite her maiden status, rallied from far back to wear down longshot Just Google Me in the stretch and win the featured $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes for California-bred...
Friday, August 28th, 2015   (2 days ago)
By Hank Wesch NORTHERN CALIFORNIA INFLUX WORKS FOR DEL MAR Among the reasons for optimism Racing Secretary David Jerkens cited in a pre-meeting assessment of the summer season was increased participation by Northern California-based trainers....
Friday, August 28th, 2015   (2 days ago)
Hronis Racing’s classy Stellar Wind, who appeared to be a strong contender for national three-year-old filly honors this spring until she finished fourth as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks, figures to be a strong...
Thursday, August 27th, 2015   (2 days ago)
There were two perfect tickets in Del Mar’s Pick Six Thursday and each was worth a whopping $118,604.60. With a carryover of $56,415 from Wednesday, $338,435 was wagered Thursday in the Pick Six for a...
Thursday, August 27th, 2015   (3 days ago)
By Hank Wesch BAFFERT BARN GEARS UP FOR ‘PHAROAH-‘LUTE DOUBLE PART II On August 2, the stable of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert completed a transcontinental stakes double when Gimme Da Lute won the...
Thursday, August 27th, 2015   (3 days ago)
Overshadowed by stablemate American Pharoah in his quest for Triple Crown glory this year, Gimme Da Lute will be seeking to earn a share of the spotlight Saturday as the favorite versus six three-year-old rivals...
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015   (3 days ago)
Point Piper, the longest shot in the field at 30-1 under jockey Mario Gutierrez, proved narrowly best in a blanket finish to win the featured $86,880 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes Wednesday at Del Mar. Point...
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015   (4 days ago)
By Hank Wesch FAMILIAR TRIO NECK-AND-NECK DOWN THE STRETCH FOR TRAINER TITLE Three-time defending champion Rafael Bejarano has put his rivals for the jockey title in the rear view mirror, forging a nine-win lead over...
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015   (6 days ago)
Returning from a layoff of almost seven months, Avanzare showed no effects of his inactivity as he combined with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens to win the Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile Sunday...
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015   (1 week ago)
By Hank Wesch AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:23.20 In front of a crowd of approximately 1,200, some of whom arrived more than an hour in advance, Triple Crown champion American Pharoah worked seven...
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015   (1 week ago)
B. Wayne Hughes’ Beholder, a two-time Eclipse Award champion, became the first female to win Del Mar’s signature race of the summer season, the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic, in a performance for...
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015   (1 week ago)
Michael House’s Florida-bred Big John B made it two wins in a row in the Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Handicap with a hard-earned victory over favored Ashleyluvssugar in the mile and three-eighths marathon over...
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015   (1 week ago)
Gary and Cecil Barber’s Appealing Tale, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Joe Talamo, gamely resisted the stretch-long challenge of Wild Dude to win the Grade II $250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes, one of two supporting features...
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015   (1 week ago)
By Hank Wesch PLAYING THE ‘WHAT IF’ GAME FOR THE TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC We read through the press kit for the Silver Anniversary 25th running of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic and skimmed the...
Friday, August 21st, 2015   (1 week ago)
By Hank Wesch EURTON HAS LEGITIMATE SHOT FOR PAT O’BRIEN, ‘HANDICAP DOUBLE The $1 million Grade I TVG Pacific Classic will rightfully get the lion’s share of attention on Saturday. But a pair of Grade...
Thursday, August 20th, 2015   (1 week ago)
Bird E House, a 50-1 longshot claimed for $8,000 in his previous start, won Thursday’s seventh race under Gonzalo Nicolas to key a massive carryover of $303,229 into Friday’s Pick Six wager. Bird E House,...
Thursday, August 20th, 2015   (1 week ago)
By Hank Wesch GRAHAM’S TAKING A LIKING TO DEL MAR, AND VICE VERSA In March, James Graham closed the Fair Grounds meeting in New Orleans with 106 wins and his first riding title after four...