Del Mar Stable News

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Stable Notes August 14 2015

Friday, August 14th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch OAKS FAVORITE PRIZE EXHIBIT PROVES A GEM FOR CASSIDY A few weeks before the Breeders’ Cup last fall at Santa Anita, Deron Pearson purchased a 2-year-old, English bred and raced filly named...

Unusually Green Wins Del Mar Feature

Thursday, August 13th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams' Unusually Green, the 8-5 favorite piloted by Del Mar's leading rider, Rafael Bejarano, rallied in the stretch to win today's feature, a mile and one-sixteenth contest for California-bred horses...

Stable Notes August 13 2015

Thursday, August 13th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch MIKE STIDHAM SET TO DOUBLE UP IN OAKS Trainer Mike Stidham looked to be double tough in the upcoming back-to-back turf stakes for three-year-old fillies, Friday’s $80,000 Sandy Blue and Saturday’s Grade...

Prize Exhibit Tops Field in Grade I Del Mar Oaks

Thursday, August 13th, 2015   (3 years ago)
DP Racing’s stretch-charging Prize Exhibit, an English-bred filly trained by Jim Cassidy, will seek her third consecutive stakes victory Saturday in the 59th running of the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, championship event of...

Pretty N Cool Scores in Sorrento Stakes

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Pretty N Cool, the 2-5 favorite under jockey Martin Garcia, confirmed her status as favorite for the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on September 5 with a convincing victory in Wednesday’s featured $200,000 Sorrento...

Stable Notes August 12 2015

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch SCRATCHES REDUCE FIELD TO SIX FOR TODAY’S SORRENTO The withdrawal of Sooner Time and Stays In Vegas reduced the field to six for today’s $200,000 Grade II Sorrento Stakes, the major stepping...

Eight Juvenile Fillies Clash in Sorrento Stakes Wednesday

Monday, August 10th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Eight talented two-year-old fillies, all of whom were victorious in their most recent races, will clash Wednesday in the 47th running of the Grade II $200,000 Sorrento Stakes, major steppingstone to the Grade I $300,000...

Prospect Park Wins La Jolla Handicap

Sunday, August 9th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod’s talented Prospect Park, whose path to the Kentucky Derby was compromised by a series of mishaps this spring, put the past and eight rivals behind him Sunday with an impressive...

Stable Notes August 9 2015

Sunday, August 9th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch NYQUIST’S NO. 1 WITH O’NEILL AND POSSIBLE FUTURITY SINGLE Trainer Doug O’Neill reported that Nyquist, winner of Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Best Pal Stakes, came out of the race “great,” and with...

Nyquist Wins Grade II Best Pal Stakes

Saturday, August 8th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Best Pal Stakes (Grade II) MARIO GUTIERREZ (Nyquist, winner) – “Good trip today and he handled himself well. I don’t know if this is the best 2-year-old I’ve been on this year, but he’s surely...

Electrum Wins John C. Mabee Stakes in Blanket Finish

Saturday, August 8th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Irish-bred Elektrum and jockey Victor Espinoza proved narrowly best in an exciting blanket wind-up to the Grade II $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes for older fillies and mares Saturday. With a sixteenth of a mile...

Stable Notes August 8 2015

Saturday, August 8th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch PACIFIC CLASSIC COUNTDOWN, SECOND EDITION, TWO WEEKS OUT The deadline for nominations to the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic is Thursday, August 13. It costs $300 and there will be both serious...

Shrinking Violet Wins Daisycutter Handicap

Friday, August 7th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Well-traveled Shrinking Violet, whose specialty is sprinting on the grass, used the featured $92,530 Daisycutter Handicap as a showcase for her ability Friday with an authoritative victory in the five-furlong dash over Del Mar’s infield...

Ten Sophomores Tangle in La Jolla Handicap Sunday

Friday, August 7th, 2015   (3 years ago)
An evenly-matched field of ten three-year-olds will battle Sunday in the 75th running of the Grade III $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at a mile and one-sixteenth over Del Mar’s infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Despite...

She's Not Here Springs Upset in Del Mar Feature

Thursday, August 6th, 2015   (3 years ago)
She’s Not Here, an 11-1 longshot invader from the Midwest making her California debut, rallied from off the pace under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to win Thursday’s feature at one mile over the...

Stable Notes August 7 2015

Thursday, August 6th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch SWIPE SWINGS FOR GRADED STAKES WIN IN BEST PAL Trainer J. Keith Desormeaux took a look at the past performance sheet for Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Best Pal Stakes, noted that his...

Stable Notes August 6 2015

Thursday, August 6th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch SANTIAGO GONZALEZ: FROM VENEZUELA, WITH DRIVE California is the third state in which jockey Santiago Gonzalez has landed in his quest to make a place for himself in American racing. But it’s...

Stakes Doubleheader Tops Saturday at Del Mar

Thursday, August 6th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Del Mar’s ten-race program Saturday will feature an attractive stakes doubleheader, spotlighting two-year-olds in the 45th running of the Grade II $200,000 Best Pal and classy older fillies and mares in the 58th running of...

Mrazek Wins Graduation Stakes

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Reddam Racing’s Mrazek, the 3-5 betting choice ridden by Mario Gutierrez, drew off easily in the stretch to win the featured $100,000 Graduation Stakes for California-bred two-year-olds Wednesday at Del Mar. Mrazek dueled for command...

Stable Notes August 5 2015

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch ‘PHAROAH’S BACK ‘HOME’; LA JOLLA NEXT FOR HIS ONLY CONQUEROR OM “Home is where the heart is” – Pliny the Elder If the equine corollary to that universally known statement is: “Home...