Hank Wesch /Del Mar

‘Chrome’, Lexie Lou Could Clash in Hollywood Derby

Think of stakes nominations lists as racing’s counterpart to movie trailers. They provide information about the players, stimulate thought regarding general plotlines and can pique the interest of both serious and casual fans enough to prompt the making of plans for attendance. The deadline for nominations for the final nine stakes of the Bing Crosby […]

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As Del Mar Meet Ends, Trainers Look Ahead to First ‘Bing Crosby Season’

Closing day of the Del Mar summer season has long provided an occasion to look back on 22-43 racing days (depending on the year) and contemplate the 10-months ahead when the thoroughbreds are elsewhere on the Southern California circuit. This year, for only the second time in the track’s 75-year history, the situation is different. […]

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Wesch: Del Mar Futurity Has Admirable Record As Derby Indicator

In its 11th running, in 1958, the Del Mar Futurity produced a winner, English-bred Tomy Lee, who would wear the blanket of roses on the first Saturday in May the following year through a victory in the Kentucky Derby. It took the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, inaugurated in 1984, 23 years to have a horse, Street […]

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Wesch: The ‘What Ifs’ of Pacific Classic Contenders

We read through the press kit for the 24th running of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic and skimmed the record book (to save you time and bother, no thanks necessary) and came up with the following tidbits, in post position order: If Irish Surf wins: Jockey Elvis Trujillo would become the sixth rider in […]

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Wesch: Past Provides Precedent for 3-Year-Olds in TVG Pacific Classic

Most horsemen will tell you that a 3-year-old Thoroughbred in the spring is like a 15-year-old boy in human terms. Very few of them would ever be capable of competing with “men.” The consensus, however, is that, as the year moves along, 3-year-olds mature rapidly. By mid-summer, most of them would equate to an 18-year-old, […]

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Sibling Revelry: Desormeaux Pilots Brother’s 500th Winner

Kent Desormeaux’s victory on Texas Red in Wednesday’s sixth race provided his brother J. Keith Desormeaux with his 500th career victory. It temporarily put Desormeaux atop the meet’s rider standings, but two-time defending champion Rafael Bejarano drew back even by winning the closing race on the program aboard Madame Forbes for Peter Eurton. Desormeaux and […]

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Toast of New York Hoping to Be Talk of Los Angeles in Pacific Classic

If Michael Buckley’s 3-year-old colt Toast of New York wins Sunday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic it would be, monetarily, the second biggest of a career of only seven races. In March, Toast of New York, trained for Buckley by Jamie Osborne, was 2 ½-lengths clear at the wire in the 1 3/16th mile, $2 […]

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Wesch: At the End of the Day, Stewards are People Too

There is undeniable power and responsibility that comes with being part of a three-person judge and jury that rules over all things racing at a Thoroughbred meeting. There’s also unavoidable subjection to criticism and animus because of the unwritten but understood part of the job description. “At the end of the day, you’re almost always […]

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