Hank Wesch /Del Mar

‘Time To Try Something Stronger’: Beholder Camp Eyes Pacific Classic For Champion Mare

The excitement after Beholder’s victory in the Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes and possible next start in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic permeated Del Mar following the race Saturday evening and lingered through Sunday morning. Especially at the place where it started, the stable of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. Beholder’s […]

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Mandella Pointing Catch A Flight To Pacific Classic

Catch a Flight has become something of a milestone maker for both Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. The 5-year-old Argentine-bred’s victory in the Grade II Precisionist Stakes on May 2 at Santa Anita was No. 2,000 all-time for Mandella. And Catch a Flight’s last-jump victory in Saturday’s […]

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Ellis Eyes Path To Breeders’ Cup For Speedy Masochistic

Trainer Ron Ellis says he paid little heed, a year ago, to the well-documented controversy that surrounded the first two races in the career of the now 5-year gelding Masochistic. Ellis did take casual note of how fast the California-bred son of Sought After out of the Unusual Heat mare Trotinette could run when he […]

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Jockey Flavien Prat Riding A Wave Of Success At Del Mar

A freaky two-day weather system wasn’t the only thing to take Del Mar by storm in the first week of the 76th summer race meeting. There was also 22-year-old French jockey Flavien Prat. The weather – thunder, lightning and rain to degrees rarely if ever seen in a Del Mar summer – resulted in turf […]

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Del Mar: Rainy Opening Weekend Forces Rewrite Of Second Condition Book

Tom Robbins, Del Mar’s Executive Vice President, Racing loaded a box of books into the back of his SUV parked near the front side racing office early Wednesday morning. The box contained the second “condition books” of the meeting. Sixty pages in a 4 ¾ by 7 ½ inch format which would be difficult to […]

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Prat Off To Winning Start At Del Mar

Twenty-two year old French-born jockey Flavien Prat scored his first two Del Mar wins Friday, guiding Xoxo for trainer Peter Miller in the fifth race and Baruta in the sixth for trainer Richard Mandella. “Everybody knows it’s a great meeting so, yeah, it was very exciting for me,” Prat said of the wins. He credited […]

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Pharoah Posts Workout On Rainy Morning At Del Mar

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 under Martin Garcia at Del Mar Saturday morning, about 90 minutes after a thunder-and-lightning storm – unusual for Del Mar – passed through the area. The track’s official clockers had American Pharoah in splits of :24.0, :36.20, :59.20 en route to the six-furlong time which […]

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American Pharoah Arrives At Del Mar: ‘He Loves It Down Here’

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, displaying star cool, was on display for San Diego area media at Del Mar racetrack Tuesday morning, about six hours after arrival at the Bob Baffert barn. American Pharoah vanned down from Santa Anita in the dead of night with several other Baffert horses, arriving at 4 a.m. Assistant trainer […]

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Sherman, Casse Meet on Eve of Hollywood Derby Showdown

Trainers Art Sherman and Mark Casse met for the first time Friday at 7 a.m. trackside at Del Mar. It was an amicable, jovial and from all appearances enjoyable ten minutes or so for both. Those adjectives don’t figure to apply, however, on Saturday afternoon when Sherman’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes-winning colt California Chrome […]

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California Chrome Works Turf Half-Mile for Hollywood Derby

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome made his first appearance of the year at Del Mar on Sunday morning, breezing a half-mile on the turf in 52 seconds under regular jockey Victor Espinoza with trainer Art Sherman looking on from the second level of the grandstand. California Chrome is nominated to both the […]

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