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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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‘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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