Hank Wesch /Del Mar

‘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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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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Ten Years After His First, O’Neill Seeks Second Futurity Win With Nyquist

In 2005, Doug O’Neill saddled the first and third-place winners in the Del Mar Futurity with 5-2 favorite Stevie Wonderboy five lengths clear of The Pharaoh crossing under the wire and Jealous Profit another length behind. “I’d forgotten about Jealous Profit running third, but Stevie Wonderboy was a wonderful horse,” O’Neill said Sunday morning. “And […]

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Songbird Exits Debutante Score Well, Chandelier Likely Next

Songbird, the impressive winner of Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante came out of the race fine, as did stablemates Stays In Vegas (fifth) and Surfside Tiara (7th), Dan Ward, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said Sunday morning. They’ll all be departing soon for Santa Anita where Songbird will be prepared […]

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