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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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Victor Espinoza Named 2015 Recipient Of Pincay Award

Victor Espinoza, the veteran rider who stirred racing history and glory when he guided the exceptional colt American Pharoah through his Triple Crown triumph this spring, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award. Espinoza will receive the award and its distinctive trophy from Pincay on Sunday in a winner’s circle […]

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Del Mar Futurity Possible For Best Pal Winner Nyquist

Trainer Doug O’Neill reported that Nyquist, winner of Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Best Pal Stakes, came out of the race “great,” and with the possibility of being the stable’s lone representative in the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Closing Day, September 7. Which would be a little surprising considering the depth of 2-year-old […]

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Pharoah Back To Galloping After Haskell Romp

The Triple Crown champion galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider George Alvarez on his third day back at the track since returning to Del Mar on Monday after a victory in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. American Pharoah stepped onto the track amid a crowd of horses at […]

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Beholder, Catch A Flight Among Potential Pacific Classic Contenders

The deadline for nominations to the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic is Thursday, August 13. It costs $300 and there will be both serious and speculative names on the list at the end of the day. Missing the deadline, however, won’t preclude participation by horses of late-breaking candidacy. Supplementary nomination, for a fee of $10,000, […]

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