Del Mar Stable News

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Wake Up Nick Faces 6 in Graduation Stakes

Monday, July 28th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Reddam Racing’s talented Wake Up Nick, unbeaten in two starts, including victory in the Santa Anita Juvenile a month ago, heads a field of seven California-bred two-year-olds in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes Wednesday at Del...

Big Macher Upsets in Bing Crosby Stakes

Sunday, July 27th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Claimed for $20,000 from a maiden race at Del Mar last summer, Big Macher climaxed his rise to stakes prominence with an upset of odds-on favored Goldencents in the featured Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby...

Stable Notes Day 9

Sunday, July 27th, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch EUROPEAN STANDOUTS TO SHIP IN FOR TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC Toast of New York, winner of the $2 million United Arab Emirates Derby, and Cat O’Mountain, third in the $10 million Dubai World...

Fed Biz Sets Track Record in San Diego 'Cap Victory

Saturday, July 26th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Fed Biz maintained his perfect record at Del Mar Saturday as he led from start to finish to win the featured Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap in track record time of 1:41 flat for...

Stable Notes Day 8

Saturday, July 26th, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch BIG MACHER TAKES ON BIG NAMES IN BING CROSBY The big names in Sunday’s Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap are Goldencents, winner of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and more...

Irish Surf Gallops in Cougar II Handicap

Friday, July 25th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Irish Surf, a royally-bred son of Giant's Causeway, ran and away and hid from his opposition Friday as he won the featured Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap by 8 lengths under West Coast newcomer...

Stable Notes Day 7

Friday, July 25th, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch IMPERATIVE TOPS NEW LINE FOR SAN DIEGO HANDICAP Del Mar oddsmaker Russ Hudak issued a new opening line for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap on Friday morning reflecting the tragic...

Goldencents Tops Field in Bing Crosby Stakes

Friday, July 25th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Goldencents, a winner of more than $2 million in his brilliant career, will seek to add the Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes to his accomplishments Sunday when he heads a line-up of eight talented...

Bench Light Wins Del Mar Feature

Thursday, July 24th, 2014   (3 years ago)
Deftly handled by Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux, Bench Light flashed to the lead in the upper stretch and drew off impressively to win Del Mar’s feature race Thursday, a mile and three-eighths test...

Stable Notes Day 6

Thursday, July 24th, 2014   (3 years ago)
By Hank Wesch DANCE WITH FATE SUFFERS FATAL INJURIES Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate suffered catastrophic injuries to his right rear leg when he crashed into the outer rail during a morning gallop...

Frac Daddy Inherits Favorite’s Role in San Diego Handicap

Thursday, July 24th, 2014   (3 years ago)
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

Thursday, July 24th, 2014   (3 years ago)
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

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014   (3 years ago)
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

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014   (3 years ago)
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

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014   (3 years ago)
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

Sunday, July 20th, 2014   (3 years ago)
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

Sunday, July 20th, 2014   (3 years ago)
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

Sunday, July 20th, 2014   (3 years ago)
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

Saturday, July 19th, 2014   (3 years ago)
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)

Saturday, July 19th, 2014   (3 years ago)
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...