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Lava Man ‘Looks Phenomenal,’ Back At O’Neill Stable

Hall of Famer Lava Man, who underwent a colic-related procedure to repair a colon displacement on July 31, has returned to trainer Doug O’Neill’s stable at Del Mar, according to drf.com. The 17-year-old gelding had previously been acting as a stable pony for O’Neill. “He’s just chillin’,” O’Neill said. “He looks phenomenal. He’s on a different […]

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Jockey’s License Revoked After Strangely-Run Race At Assiniboia Downs

The $27,500 Winnipeg Stakes, which was held as the first race at Assiniboia Downs on July 25, drew a number of complaints about the way it was run, according to thoroughbreddailynews.com. Barry Arnason holds an ownership interest in three of the four horses in the field, across two different partnerships; two of those were put under […]

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Super Ninety Nine Sires First Winner At Laurel Park

Little Miss Raelyn took to the front and never looked back to win a waiver maiden claiming race on Sunday at Laurel Park and become the first winner for her sire, Super Ninety Nine. The debuting filly completed the five-furlong race in 59.10 seconds over a fast main track under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. Bred […]

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Seven Of Ten: Van Dyke Equals Del Mar Win Record With New Personal Best

In 2006, Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza won seven of ten races in a single day at Del Mar. On Sunday, Drayden Van Dyke – Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2014 – equaled that record, winning with seven of his eight mounts on a 10-race card, including the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile aboard the […]

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‘The Toughest Thing I’ve Ever Done’: Espinoza’s Recovery Slow But Steady

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza suffered a fracture to his C-3 vertebrae in late July at Del Mar, when Bobby Abu Dhabi suffered what was apparently a fatal heart attack during a morning workout. Espinoza spoke to the Los Angeles Times about his recovery; currently, the 46-year-old jockey requires a 24-hour caregiver to aid him […]

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Accelerate Overwhelms Pacific Classic Field

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate became just the third horse to win the Santa Anita Handicap, Gold Cup and Pacific Classic in the same year on Saturday, romping by a record 12 1/2 lengths in the $1 million Del Mar feature. Ridden by Joel Rosario for his fourth win on the card, the 5-year-old son of Lookin […]

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Fatale Bere Runs Down Favored Ollie’s Candy In Del Mar Oaks

The Benowitz Family Trust, Head of Plains Partners, Mark Mathiesen and Mathilde Powell’s Fatale Bere came flying late at odds of 7-1 to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks by a neck over 9-5 favorite Ollie’s Candy. The sophomore daughter of Pedro the Great, ridden by Kent Desormeaux for trainer Leonard Powell, covered nine […]

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Early Move Nets Fashion Business An Easy Del Mar Handicap Victory

Flavien Prat sent Little Red Feather and Marsha Naify’s Fashion Business at the half-mile pole in Saturday’s Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap, capitalizing on a slowing pace to win the gelding’s first graded stakes race by open lengths. The 4-year-old son of Frankel covered 1 3/8 miles over Del Mar’s firm turf course in 2:13.84. […]

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Eskimo Kisses Up The Rail To Surprise With Dominating Alabama Victory

Gainesway Stable, Harold Lerner, Andrew Rosen, Nehoc Racing and Magdalena Racing’s Eskimo Kisses provided bettors with a 9-1 surprise in Saturday’s Grade 1 Alabama Stakes, sneaking up the rail and kicking clear in the lane to win by 6 1/2 lengths. Jockey Jose Ortiz, who won last year’s Alabama aboard Elate, followed the instructions of […]

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Rushing Fall Bounces Back In Lake Placid To Give Edwards First Saratoga Win

Bob Edwards and his e Five Racing Thoroughbreds had never won a race at Saratoga, but Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf champion Rushing Fall changed that on Saturday. The 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready, ridden by Javier Castellano in the Grade 2 Lake Placid, sat just off the pacesetter and exploded in the stretch, […]

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