Del Mar Stable News

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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...

Gimme Da Lute Romps In Real Good Deal Stakes

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015   (3 years ago)
Heavily-favored Gimme Da Lute completed a coast-to-coast stakes double for trainer Bob Baffert Sunday as the three-year-old colt emulated his Triple Crown champion stablemate American Pharoah, winner of the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational, with a...

Stable Notes August 2 2015

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch ALL ABUZZ ABOUT BEHOLDER AND PACIFIC CLASSIC POSSIBILITY The excitement after Beholder’s victory in the Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes and possible next start in the $1 million TVG Pacific...

Beholder Wins Hirsch Stakes, Pacific Classic May Be Next

Saturday, August 1st, 2015   (3 years ago)
In an amazing performance, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder overcame serious traffic trouble in the early stages of Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes to score a brilliant seven-length triumph under jockey Gary...

Stable Notes August 1 2015

Saturday, August 1st, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch SUNDAY COULD PROVE TO BE A REAL GOOD DEAL FOR BAFFERT Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has the odds-on favorite in a big race for 3-year-olds on Sunday. Yeah, yeah we...

Gimme Da Lute Favored In Real Good Deal Stakes

Saturday, August 1st, 2015   (3 years ago)
Gimme Da Lute, a more than capable runner somewhat overlooked in the excitement over stablemate American Pharoah’s epic Triple Crown achievement, looms a strong favorite to add to his resume Sunday in the $200,000 Real...

Obey Captures C.T.B.A. Stakes

Friday, July 31st, 2015   (3 years ago)
Ted Serna’s Obey, the 7-2 second choice under jockey Tiago Pereira, outbattled 41-1 longshot Later My Love through the stretch to win Friday’s featured $100,000 C.T.B.A. Stakes for California-bred two-year-old fillies. Obey, trained by Sam...

Stable Notes July 31 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch A BEAUTY, BEHOLDER, EYES ANOTHER GRADE I IN HIRSCH STAKES From June to November of last year Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella had a lot to deal with regarding his two-time...

Beholder Heads Star-Studded Field in Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

Friday, July 31st, 2015   (3 years ago)
Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, a winner of 12 of 17 career races and $3.4 million, heads a powerful field of nine older fillies and mares Saturday in the 45th running of the Grade I...

Little Jerry Wins Del Mar Headliner

Thursday, July 30th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Appearing beaten in deep stretch, Little Jerry dug in gamely under jockey Martin Pedroza to win Thursday’s feature race at a mile and one-sixteenth on the grass in a five-horse blanket finish. Little Jerry, a...

Stable Notes July 30 2015

Thursday, July 30th, 2015   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch ‘CINCO DE O’NEILL’ DAY BRINGS TRAINING RECORD AND CELEBRATION The celebration dinner following Doug O’Neill’s single-day training record five victories was held at the Pamplemousse Grill, just across Via de la Valle...

O'Neill Sets Del Mar Training Record - Five Wins In A Day

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015   (3 years ago)
Doug O'Neill, four times the leading trainer at Del Mar in his highly successful career, set an all-time Del Mar record for most wins in a day by a Thoroughbred conditioner Wednesday when he saddled...