Del Mar Stable News

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Frac Daddy Inherits Favorite’s Role in San Diego Handicap

With the unfortunate morning training mishap suffered by pre-race favorite Dance With Fate Thursday morning, 4-year-old Frac Daddy, a two-time stakes winner in 2014, is now the likely favorite Saturday in the Grade II, $200,000...

Dance With Fate Injured While Galloping at Del Mar

Dance With Fate, the 3-year-old colt who won the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes this spring and was scheduled to start this Saturday as the likely favorite against older horses in the San Diego Handicap,...

Lil Bit O'Fun Springs Wickerr Stakes Upset

Lil Bit O’Fun, a six-year-old gelding claimed for $40,000 last summer at Del Mar, scored his third straight victory for his new owners, rallying from far back under jockey Aaron Gryder to win the featured...

Stable Notes Day 5

By Hank Wesch CASSIDY HAS GREAT SUNDAY, ROOT CANAL MONDAY Trainer Jim Cassidy saddled Tom’s Tribute to victory in the $300,000 Grade I Eddie Read Stakes Sunday afternoon, then stuck around to purchase four horses...

Sky Kingdom Heads 11 in Cougar II Handicap

Westrock Stables’ distance-loving Sky Kingdom, beaten a half-length as runner-up in the 2013 Cougar II Handicap, heads a field of 11 runners in Friday’s 64th running of the Grade III $100,000 mile one-half marathon over...

Tom's Tribute Wins Eddie Read Stakes

Masterfully handled by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, 2-1 second choice Tom’s Tribute got the jump on even-money favored Eastern invader Summer Front and scored an impressive triumph Sunday in the Grade I $300,000...

Eddie Read Stakes Grade I

MIKE SMITH (Tom’s Tribute, winner) – “He really relaxed today. That’s the key with this horse. It was nice having that pace up front. We sat in right behind him (early leader Horizontalyspeakin) and were...

Stable Notes Day 4

By Hank Wesch NEW STABLES 1-2-3 IN FIRST DEL MAR STAKES TRY The saying goes “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. “ If that’s true, trainers Mike Stidham and...

ISTANFORD, BEJARANO SCORE SAN CLEMENTE UPSET

Istanford, a 10-1 outsider in the wagering despite the presence in the saddle of star jockey Rafael Bejarano, took control from the gate and never looked back in winning the featured Grade II $200,000 San...

San Clemente Handicap (Grade II)

RAFAEL BEJARANO (Istanford, winner) – “I knew there was other speed in the race and I wasn’t expecting to be on the lead. But my filly broke so well and went right to the front...