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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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In The Zone: Flavien Prat On A Winning Roll At Del Mar

In Flavien Prat’s native French the phrase is “Dans la zone.” In English: “In the zone.” Say it however you choose, the 23-year-old from Melun, France has been winning races with uncommon consistency over the last few days and has climbed to second in the jockey standings. Victories aboard Public House ($21.60) and Dreamologist ($5.60) […]

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Beholder ‘Feeling Good’ In First Work Since Pacific Classic Romp

Beholder had onlookers backing away when she reared and kicked in the walking area of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s enclosed barn Saturday morning. “She gets a little wound up after she works,” Mandella said with a smile. “You can tell she’s feeling good.” Beholder went three furlongs in :36.00 under exercise rider Janine […]

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After 64 Consecutive Opening Days, Racegoer Ready For Close Of Del Mar Season

Tom Whayne celebrated his 91st birthday on Wednesday, September 2, the start of the final week of the summer meeting at, where else, Del Mar. The native of Oakland, educated at Cal, Harvard and Stanford, who spent his career teaching drama at Oakland Tech High School while pursuing personal interests in art, and music on […]

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Valenzuela Remains Focused On His ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ Comeback

Patrick Valenzuela, granted a license to exercise horses by the California Horse Racing Board in early August while his jockey’s license remains suspended, is making progress for a return to riding, subject to board approval which, if successful, could be in evidence for the Bing Crosby Meeting here when it commences on Thursday, October 29. […]

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Details Released For Pharoah’s Sept. 6 Parade

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returned to his Del Mar home Monday, two days after the three-quarter-length loss to Keen Ice in the Travers Stakes and will be paraded for the fans after Sunday’s fourth race. Since his return, American Pharoah has taken his morning exercise by being walked in the area of Hall of […]

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Everyone Wants To Work With Del Mar’s Favorite ‘Neighbor’

You’ve probably heard of or know someone who has been referred to as a “salt of the earth” human being. Meet Nextdoorneighbor, a “salt of the earth” Thoroughbred racehorse by the testimony of those who’ve crossed paths with the gelded Florida-bred son of Lido Palace who is still running and winning, lately here at Del […]

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Familiar Trio In Tight Battle For Del Mar Training Title

Three-time defending champion Rafael Bejarano has put his rivals for the jockey title in the rear view mirror, forging a nine-win lead over Tyler Baze and Joe Talamo with 11 racing days to go. But in the trainer standings, Jerry Hollendorfer (15 wins) can look in the side view mirror and see Peter Miller (14) […]

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Plenty Of Options For Beholder After Pacific Classic Romp

Beholder, who spectacularly became the first female runner to win the TVG-Pacific Classic, stood in her outdoor pen adjacent to the Richard Mandella barn Sunday morning, greeting a group of picture-taking with American Pharoah-style class and poise Sunday morning. Folks from her inner circle of connections and outer circle of followers continued to marvel at […]

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