Hank Wesch /Del Mar

‘She Taught Me A Lot’: Prat Bids Farewell To ‘Special’ Mare Vasilika

Flavien Prat had answered the questions and provided comments on his victory aboard Toinette in the Goldikova Stakes on Sunday, November 3, closing day of the Santa Anita fall meeting, when another item of business was brought up. He was asked for his thoughts on the retirement of Vasilika, the 5-year-old mare that Prat had […]

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‘I Could Hear Sunday Silence Breathing’: Reliving An All-Time Workout At Del Mar

Thoroughbred workouts can be gold, or fool’s gold. Gold when they prove to be an indicator of readiness for a racing victory. Fool’s gold when a series of “bullets” in the morning inexplicably leads to a dud of a performance in the afternoon. It’s no wonder that some handicappers swear by the little line of […]

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Déjà Vu: Stewart Hoping For Repeat Success At Del Mar

In the mid-1980s when trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner Gene Klein were making Del Mar history, and using it as home base for a run of national success, Lukas assistant Dallas Stewart never set foot at the place. “I worked for Wayne up at Santa Anita, and then when they came here I’d head […]

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Work In Progress: Trust, Communication Keys To Success For Del Mar Racing Office

The Santa Anita winter/spring meeting lost 24 racing days either in the name of safety or not having enough horses to race four days a week. Los Alamitos cancelled three racing days during its three-week meeting due to a lack of entries. That was the situation facing Del Mar Thoroughbred Club executive vice president, racing […]

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Meet The ‘Safety Seven’: Del Mar’s Veterinarian Team Tasked With Protecting And Serving

Let’s call them the ‘Safety Seven.’ Granted, it’s not a grabber of a group name like the ‘Seven Samurai’ or the ‘Magnificent Seven.’ But the seven veterinarians on duty this summer at the behest of the California Horse Racing Board and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, under the direction of CHRB equine medical director Dr. […]

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Del Mar A Familiar Place For 2019 Intern Class

The five members of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club intern Class of 2019 all grew up locally. They all have, or are about to, scatter to various parts of the country for collegiate matriculation — two in the Pacific Northwest, two in the Midwest and one about 150 miles up the 405 freeway. Two will […]

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Former Football, Coaching Star T-Ray Enjoying A New Kind Of ‘Athlete’

If you stopped by the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella during fall racing at Del Mar, the chances are good you’d run into a man with University of Southern California logo gear draped somewhere over his slim frame and a smile on his face. Meet Terrell Ray, or T-Ray to his friends, […]

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Del Mar Stewards: ‘You Don’t Take This Job To Make Friends’

Talk to the three stewards for the Del Mar fall racing season separately and some things they have in common become as glaringly obvious as the INQUIRY sign they light up when duty requires at the end of a race. They all were either born to Thoroughbred racing or drawn to it at a young […]

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Thoroughbreds, Veterans Find A Home ‘Down The Stretch’

The place is located in Creston, Washington, about 50 miles west of Spokane. It encompasses 220 acres and is home to 30 retired Thoroughbred racehorses. It’s called Down the Stretch Ranch. Over the course of the last three years it has also been a place that has hosted approximately 100 U.S. military war veterans, all […]

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Baffert, Hollendorfer Ready Candidates For Debutante, Futurity Showdowns

Combined, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has 20 victories in the championship races for 2-year-olds at the Del Mar summer meeting. He’s won the Debutante, for fillies, seven times and the Futurity, for males, a record 13 times. Combined, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has two wins. He saddled champion Songbird to victory […]

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