Del Mar Stable News

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Matriarch Climaxes Bing Crosby Season

Friday, November 28th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Del Mar’s inaugural fall Bing Crosby Season, a success in all categories, comes to a climax Sunday (Nov. 30) highlighted by a stakes doubleheader, the Grade I $300,000 Matriarch for older fillies and mares and...

Finnegans Wake Wins Hollywood Turf Cup

Thursday, November 27th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Under deft handling by jockey Victor Espinoza, Finnegans Wake rallied between horses entering the stretch, then fought off longshot Patrioticandproud in the final sixteenth to score a neck triumph in the featured Grade II $250,000...

Stable Notes Day 12 November 27 2014

Thursday, November 27th, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch IN SHERMAN’S EYE, CALIFORNIA CHROME LOOKS AT HOME ON THE TURF Trainer Art Sherman eschewed his usual mezzanine-tier viewing spot in the grandstand for a ground-level one on the Jimmy Durante Turf...

California Chrome Faces 5 in Hollywood Derby

Thursday, November 27th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Seeking to strengthen his claim to Horse of the Year laurels, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome returns to the scene of his earliest success Saturday when he will face five rivals, including...

Tom's Tribute Tops Seabiscuit 'Cap Field

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Braly Family Trust’s classy Tom’s Tribute, champion older horse and grass competitor last summer at Del Mar after winning the Grade I Eddie Read Stakes and Grade II Del Mar Mile, tops a field of...

11 Tangle In Hollywood Turf Cup On Thanksgiving Day at Del Mar

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Eleven distance-loving grass Thoroughbreds will tangle Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, in the Grade II $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, kick-off event of Del Mar’s fall Turf Festival. Post time for the first of eight races on the...

Big Macher Wins Cary Grant Stakes

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014   (3 years ago)
Displaying the gameness that he has become known for, Big Macher, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Rafael Bejarano, fought off the two-pronged attack of longshot Rousing Sermon and previously unbeaten Red Outlaw to win the...

Stable Notes Day 11 November 23 2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch CALIFORNIA CHROME BREEZES HALF-MILE IN 52 FLAT ON TURF Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome made his first appearance of the year at Del Mar on Sunday morning, breezing a...

California Chrome Breezes Half-Mile In 52 Flat On Turf

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014   (3 years ago)
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome made his first appearance of the year at Del Mar on Sunday morning, breezing a half-mile on the turf in 52 seconds under regular jockey Victor Espinoza...

Three Hearts Surprises In Red Carpet Handicap

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014   (3 years ago)
Team Valor International's Three Hearts, winless since April of 2013, ended her losing streak in a big way Saturday with a surprise victory at odds of 29-1 in the featured $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap before...

Stable Notes Day 10 November 22 2014

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch MOTION COMES IN FROM THE COLD WITH HOT STAKES HORSES H. Graham Motion escaped the frozen East on Friday for considerably warmer and sunnier Del Mar – but only for a matter...

Home Journey Upsets Del Mar Turf Sprint

Friday, November 21st, 2014   (3 years ago)
Proving to be the speed of the speed, Home Journey, a 15-1 longshot piloted by Tyler Baze, darted to the front leaving the gate and never was passed, winning the featured $65,000 Las Damas de...

Stable Notes Day 9 November 21 2014

Friday, November 21st, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch RARE RAIN CAUSES NO PAIN FOR TRACK SUPERINTENDENTS Overnight storms Thursday to Friday dropped .22 inches of rain on Del Mar, muddying up some places in the stable area but having little...

Red Carpet Matches 11 Older Distaffers

Friday, November 21st, 2014   (3 years ago)
A well-balanced line-up of eleven older fillies and mares, including five Eastern invaders, will tangle Saturday in the Grade III $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap at the marathon distance of a mile and three-eighths over Del...

Mega Heat, Nakatani Win Del Mar Headliner

Thursday, November 20th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Rallying from next-to-last, Mega Heat and jockey Corey Nakatani narrowly prevailed in Thursday’s $65,000 feature at Del Mar, a one-mile skirmish over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course for older Thoroughbreds. Mega Heat, a seven-year-old...

Stable Notes Day 8 November 20 2014

Thursday, November 20th, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch LONG AND SHORT OF IT: INTRIGUING WEEKEND STAKES OFFERINGS Fields were set and post positions drawn Wednesday for stakes races Saturday and Sunday, the penultimate weekend of the inaugural Bing Crosby Season....

Achiever's Legacy Wins Desi Arnaz Stakes

Sunday, November 16th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Achiever’s Legacy, dismissed at 9-1 as the longest shot in a four-horse field of two-year-old fillies, rallied in the stretch to win the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes Sunday under apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke. Always...

Stable Notes Day 7 November 16 2014

Sunday, November 16th, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch McCARTHY RELISHES FIRST DEL MAR AND FIRST GRADED STAKES WIN “I’ve been around plenty of nice, graded stakes horses, but this is the first winner on my own. I’m very excited.” Those...

No Problem's Victory Keys $599,483 Carryover

Saturday, November 15th, 2014   (3 years ago)
A day-long series of upsets, including a surprise victory Saturday by 17-1 outsider No Problem in the featured $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes, has triggered a massive three-day carryover of $599,483 into Sunday’s Pick Six at...

Stable Notes Day 6 November 15 2014

Saturday, November 15th, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch HOPE GETS CHANGE WHEN FAVORITE SCRATCHES Prime Engine, the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Bob Hope Stakes, was scratched Saturday morning, necessitating a revision of the lineup and...