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O’Neill, Hollendorfer Off To Dominating Starts At Del Mar

Del Mar’s 79th summer season opening day was a very good one on the track for trainers Doug O’Neill and Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and on-track, for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper. O’Neill won four of the first five races, to move within one of the track single-day record he set on […]

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Del Mar Interns To Work In Variety Of Racetrack Departments

The 42nd class in a Del Mar summer intern program that started in 1977 has assembled, seven strong, for the 79th season at the seaside track. By the numbers, it breaks down to six San Diego County products and one Arizonan; five with primary interests in the marketing, business or operational aspects of the racing […]

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D’Amato: Shift To Stakes Horses Makes Another Del Mar Training Title Unlikely

Phil D’Amato shared the 2017 Del Mar training championship with Richard Baltas when they saddled 18 winners apiece. D’Amato claimed it outright in 2016 with 23 wins. But on opening day of the 2018 Del Mar summer season, D’Amato allowed that his name wouldn’t be atop the leaderboard when the 79th such meeting comes to […]

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‘Beautiful’ And ‘Accommodating’: Hills Enjoying First Del Mar Season

The presence of owners Jim and Susan Hill at Del Mar, a place Jim Hill concedes – “We’d never been to, never seen until this year” — with more than a dozen horses for the Bing Crosby Fall meeting leads to one inescapable conclusion. Del Mar hosting the Breeders’ Cup for the first time was […]

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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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