Racing

Cambier Parc Proves Deserving Favorite, Gives Best First Grade 1 In Del Mar Oaks

Sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 13 sophomore fillies, OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc showed off her impressive turn of foot to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro settled in mid-pack and was forced very wide on the far turn, but she dug in when John […]

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Fighting Mad Draws Away Late In Torrey Pines

Stealing the lead at the start, Gary and Mary West’s Fighting Mad maintained her front-running presence throughout Saturday’s Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar. The 3-year-old daughter of New Year’s Day kicked well clear of her rivals in the stretch, cruising under the wire to win by at least six lengths as the […]

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Tone Broke Goes Two-For-Three In Canadian Triple Crown

L and N Racing’s Tone Broke closed out the OLG Canadian Triple Crown with his second victory in the series for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds by taking the 128th running of the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes under Woodbine’s leading jockey Rafael Hernandez on Saturday. Following his Prince of Wales Stakes victory over 1-3/16 miles on the dirt for […]

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Mr. Vargas ‘California Flagged ‘Em’ In Green Flash; Stormy Liberal Third

The 3-1 third chance in the field of six, Jay Em Ess Stable’s Mr. Vargas grabbed the lead at the start and never relinquished it in Saturday’s Grade 3 Green Flash Handicap. The 5-year-old son of Midshipman, ridden by Joe Talamo for trainer Brian Koriner, covered five furlongs over Del Mar’s firm turf course in […]

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Dunbar Road Skips Over The Slop For Alabama Triumph

Peter Brant’s Dunbar Road proved a deserving 8-5 favorite in Saturday’s rendition of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes, skipping over a sloppy Saratoga course after the rain delay to win by 2 3/4 lengths. The 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road, ridden by Jose Ortiz and trained by Chad Brown for third third win on the […]

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Varenka, Regal Glory Dead Heat In Lake Placid As Rain Falls At Saratoga

The top two choices on the tote board could not be separated at the wire in Saturday’s Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes, with 8-5 Varenka and 2-1 Regal Glory officially declared to have dead-heated for the victory. The two sophomore fillies stopped the clock in 1:43.68 for 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga’s turf course, rated […]

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Oleksandra Closes For Smart N Fancy Win

Team Valor International’s homebred Oleksandra closed impressively into swift splits to capture Saturday’s $100,000 Smart N Fancy, a 5 ½-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upwards at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Neil Drysdale and piloted by Joel Rosario, the 5-year-old Animal Kingdom mare was last of seven early in the Smart […]

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‘Labor Of Love’: Bolo Continues Remarkable Comeback In Del Mar Mile

Trainer Carla Gaines was a bundle of emotions following the victory by Bolo, at odds of 33-1, in the Shoemaker Mile on May 27 at Santa Anita. And why not? A seven-year-old gelding, in his second start off a nearly two-year layoff, won a Grade I stakes that had, coincidentally, been the departure point for […]

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Omaha Beach, United Affected By Virus, ‘Mucus And Congestion’

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella was dealing with a virus in his stable that forced him to scratch United from Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II Del Mar Handicap presented by the Japan Racing Association, and reconsider plans for Omaha Beach in the Shared Belief or Pat O’Brien Stakes next weekend. “They both have symptoms of […]

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‘Very Focused’ In Blinkers, Tacitus Fires Bullet Toward Travers

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is not afraid to try something new before a big race. So when the discussions came up to race Tacitus with blinkers for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, he was not hesitant to make the equipment change. Juddmonte Farms’ homebred dual Grade 2 winner sported blinkers when […]

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