Hank Wesch /Del Mar

Breeders’ Cup At Del Mar Receives ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ Reviews From European Horsemen

They came. They saw. They conquered, somewhat. The Europeans left, from virtually all accounts, pleased that they made the approximately 5,500-mile journey over the Atlantic Ocean, and the length of the U.S.A., for last weekend’s $26.5 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships, hosted for the first time by Del Mar. They left impressed with what they […]

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Owner Shah Hopes Promising Run Away Can Follow In Klimt’s Hoofprints

Last year Klimt, a horse Kaleem Shah named after 19th century Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, swept the major stakes for 2-year-olds, the Best Pal and the Del Mar Futurity. On Labor Day Monday, September 4, Shah-owned Run Away, a horse presumably named for what was hoped he would do from all opposition, will attempt to […]

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‘Workmanlike’ Accelerate Boasts 3-0 Record At Del Mar

Trainer John Sadler wasn’t present when Accelerate was purchased for $380,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2014 for his major client, Hronis Racing. But he had an idea that it might prove to be a good buy. It’s a family thing. “I saw the first foal out of the mare (Issues) was a good […]

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On A Roll: Apprentice Roman Off To Strong Start At Del Mar

There are a few requirements for acceptance to the Escuela La Vocacional Hipica jockey school in Puerto Rico. Be over 16 years of age. Graduate from ninth grade. Weigh no more than 103 pounds and stand no taller than 5-foot-3. And have permission from a parent or guardian. Having previously been astride a horse is […]

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The ‘Original’ Arrogate: ‘Calumet Castoff’ Gave Hall Of Famer Longden Record Win

Arrogate, the consensus best horse in the world in 2017, ends a four-month break from competition Saturday in the $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song will put on the line a seven-race winning streak, the last three in stakes with purses of $6 million, $12 million and […]

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Wesch: Premature Exit Doesn’t Dim Jockey Flavien Prat’s Rising Star

Flavien Prat was scheduled for mounts in the third, seventh, eighth and ninth races at Del Mar last Sunday. So, in accordance with standard procedure, an interview with this writer was set up during the break between the third and the sixth, Clerk of Scales Charlie McCaul acting as intermediary. The gates opened for the […]

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‘All In The Family’ Works Well For Young Trainer Shelbe Ruis

It’s only been four months since Shelbe Ruis was elevated to a high management position in a newly-formed, but not brand new, type of family business venture. She’s only 25 years old. But if the family business plan that has been mapped out by her father and mother, Mick and Wendy, and older brother, Mick, […]

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Famous Footsteps: ‘Chrome’ One Of Nine Horse Of The Year Champs To Run At Del Mar

Look through the past performance lines of Horse of the Year honorees. Look down the left-hand column which lists the dates and the tracks of their races. You’ll find Del Mar in that column, at least once, for nine of those champions. And California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, all-time leading North American […]

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Del Mar’s 2016 Interns Embark On Surf And Turf Adventure

Like any industry, Thoroughbred racing is always looking for young and enthusiastic career-seekers with potential to provide new ideas and leadership for the future. One way, since 1977, in which Del Mar has sought to do its part in that regard is a summer intern program which, with five members for 2016, now numbers 94 […]

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Brown Follows Mentor Frankel’s Footsteps To Del Mar

In what already has been a banner year for him, trainer Chad Brown is boldly going where he’s never gone before – to Del Mar. Not physically. Brown, who has never been to the shore oval, opted to stay at his New York training base for the Thanksgiving holidays. But he dispatched assistant Jose Hernandez, […]

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