Hank Wesch /Del Mar

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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Morning-Line Favorite Obviously Out Of Del Mar Mile

Two-time Del Mar Mile winner Obviously was scratched Saturday morning from Sunday’s 29th running of the Grade II $200,000 event, reducing the field to 10. Obviously was the 5-2 morning line favorite and 124-pound high weight for the anticipated first start in nine months for the seven-year-old, Irish-bred son of Choisir trained by Phil D’Amato […]

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Beholder Edges Male Rivals In Del Mar Pacific Classic Poll

A sampling of TVG Pacific Classic selections from an eclectic group of “experts” randomly chosen based mainly on availability and willingness to participate. (In a similar poll in 2014, 10 out of 21 correctly selected Shared Belief, who won by 2 ¾ lengths as the 6-5 favorite). Jay Privman, Daily Racing Form – Red Vine. […]

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No Spotlight, No Problem For Hard Aces Connections Ahead Of Classic

Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Hard Aces was made the 5-1 co-third choice on the morning line for Saturday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic behind Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s 1-2 punch of standout mare Beholder (5-2) and Catch a Flight (9-2). If the numbers hold, it will mean more respect than some […]

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Irishman Graham Finding Success ‘Where The Turf Meets The Surf’

In March, James Graham closed the Fair Grounds meeting in New Orleans with 106 wins and his first riding title after four runner-up finishes there over the years. Normally, his agenda then would have taken him northward on the Midwest racing circuit, winding up the summer at Arlington Park in Chicago. This year, however, the […]

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Pharoah Back To Work With Half-Mile Breeze At Del Mar

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah breezed a half-mile in :47.60 under rider Martin Garcia Sunday morning at Del Mar with an estimated 800 people looking on from the grandstand. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat and his family also monitored the work from the grandstand and came away pleased. “He went nice; like he […]

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Espinosa Wins ‘America’s Next Race Caller’ Contest At Del Mar

Paul Espinosa, Jr. took a shot and flew all the way from Lexington, KY, in hopes of getting to call a race at Del Mar Saturday afternoon. Saturday morning – after going head-and-head with two rivals in the first “America’s Next Race Caller” contest at the track — he found out he “got the call” […]

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