Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Safety First: Del Mar Summer Meet Concludes With Zero Racing Fatalities

With the national spotlight on equine safety and welfare, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concluded its 80th summer meeting today as the safest major racetrack in the United States for the second consecutive year. After introducing a comprehensive series of safety programs in 2017 and 2018, Del Mar expanded its safety measures this summer, including […]

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Nucky Leads Miller Exacta In Del Mar Futurity; Odds-On Eight Rings Loses Rider

In an eventful renewal of the Grade 1 Runhappy $300,000 Del Mar Futurity Monday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., 35-1 longshot Nucky scored by 2 3/4 lengths and then survived an inquiry after the seven-furlong sprint which was marred by an accident involving heavily favored Eight Rings and Storm the […]

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‘Among The Top Jockeys In The Country’: Prat Wraps Up Del Mar Riding Title

Closing day of the 80th summer racing season at Del Mar is an occasion to reflect on the past seven weeks for horsemen. Without doubt the preeminent human figures of the meeting have been jockey Flavien Prat, trainer John Sadler and the Hronis Racing stable of brothers Kosta and Pete Hronis. With two wins on […]

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Espinoza Guides Nolde To Del Mar Derby Upset For Moss, Shirreffs

Jerry Moss’ Nolde, given a stirring ride by Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, rallied between horses in deep stretch to take the lead and then barely withstood the onrushing Originaire to win the Grade 2 $250,000 Del Mar Derby Sunday at Del Mar, Calif. Nolde, beaten a nose by Jasikan in the opening day […]

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Encoder Up In Time To Win Del Mar Juvenile Turf

Encoder, the 3-5 favorite owned by Hronis Racing and trained by John Sadler, overhauled a game Billy Batts in the final strides to win the $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Turf Sunday at Del Mar. Encoder, a Kentucky-bred son of English Channel who won his career debut impressively August 7, rallied in the stretch under leading […]

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‘Time To Take A Break’: Dan Hendricks Stepping Away From Training

Dan Hendricks, who has trained horses on the Southern California circuit since 1981, will send out his last starter this afternoon when R L Stable’s Matson goes postward in the 10th race at Del Mar, a $50,000 maiden-claimer for 2-year-olds. “Don’t really have any plans,” said the 61-year-old conditioner when asked about his decision. “Time […]

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Bast Proves Much The Best, Giving Baffert Eighth Victory In Del Mar Debutante

Baoma Corp.’s Bast, a $500,000 yearling purchase who finished second in a maiden race in her career debut, indicated she could be a force to be reckoned with among 2-year-old fillies nationally with an impressive triumph in the Grade 1 $300,000 Del Mar Debutante Saturday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. […]

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Vasilika Nails Juliet Foxtrot At Wire In Del Mar’s John C. Mabee

Even-money favored Vasilika, seemingly beaten in mid-stretch, unleashed a brilliant burst of speed in the final furlong to get up in the final stride and nose out Eastern invader Juliet Foxtrot in a thrilling renewal of the Grade 2 $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes Saturday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. […]

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‘Adapting To The New Climate’: Jerkens Happy To Share Credit For Successful Del Mar Meet

As the 80th Del Mar summer season approached, there was concern for, and by, Racing Secretary David Jerkens regarding producing 36 cards and keeping the track running on a five-day-a-week basis from mid-July to Labor Day. Santa Anita lost 24 racing days in the name of safety or not having enough horses to race four […]

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Baffert Seeks 15th Futurity Win On Closing Day At Del Mar

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concludes its 80th summer season of equine action Labor Day Monday in a traditional way, featuring renewal of the Grade I $300,00 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity for two-year-olds as the highlight of a ten-race program. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. The seven-furlong sprint, which has showcased numerous […]

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