Del Mar Derby

Espinoza Guides Nolde To Del Mar Derby Upset For Moss, Shirreffs

Jerry Moss’ Nolde, given a stirring ride by Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, rallied between horses in deep stretch to take the lead and then barely withstood the onrushing Originaire to win the Grade 2 $250,000 Del Mar Derby Sunday at Del Mar, Calif. Nolde, beaten a nose by Jasikan in the opening day […]

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Top Pair From La Jolla Handicap Return For Another Battle In Del Mar Derby

On the next-to-last afternoon of the 2019 summer racing season, ten talented three-year-olds will clash in a wide-open renewal of the Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Derby at a mile and one-eighth on grass Sunday.   The 36-day meeting ends Monday, Labor Day, with the traditional closing-day feature, the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity […]

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Nolo Contesto Hoping To Find Home On Turf In Del Mar Derby

La Jolla Handicap winner Kingly drew the outside, No. 10 post for Sunday’s Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Derby, the climax of the summer meeting’s turf stakes series for 3-year-olds at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. The Derby, at 1 1/8 miles, follows the opening-day Oceanside Stakes, won by Jasikan, and […]

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Casse Sends Ride A Comet West To Win Del Mar Derby

Eastern invader Ride a Comet, third in the Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga a month ago, made an auspicious West Coast debut Sunday with an impressive come-from-behind victory in the featured Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Derby at Del Mar racetrack near San Diego, Calif. With leading rider Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle, […]

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Weekend Lineup: Labor Day Extravaganza

A strong three-day lineup awaits horse racing enthusiasts this holiday weekend, culminating with Labor Day on Monday and a pair of Grade 1 stakes for 2-year-olds, potentially candidates for next year’s Kentucky Derby trail. Kicking off the action on Saturday are a pair of Grade 1 races at Saratoga, the Spinaway for juvenile fillies, a […]

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River Boyne Tops Field Of 12 In Sunday’s Del Mar Derby

Irish-bred River Boyne, who has emerged as the top three-year-old in the West competing on grass after winning five of his last six starts, including Del Mar’s La Jolla Handicap, is favored over eleven fellow sophomores Sunday in the Grade II 250,000 Del Mar Derby at a mile and one-eighth over the infield Jimmy Durante […]

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Sharp Samurai Proves Best In Del Mar Derby

Under a beautifully-timed ride by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, 2-1 favored Sharp Samurai proved best by a half-length Sunday in the 73rd running of the Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Derby for three-year-olds. “Lot of progress with this horse,” Stevens said. “His confidence level has gone sky high and he’s really liking what he’s doing. Been getting […]

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The Master Of Glen Hill Loved His Time At Del Mar Best Of All

They’re running the 73rd edition of the Del Mar Derby Sunday. Leonard Lavin would have enjoyed that. In fact, the only thing the late business titan and master of one of the sport’s most successful and enduring single owner/operator racing and breeding outfits would have enjoyed more was if he had a horse in action […]

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Weekend Lineup: Labor Day Celebration

A total of four Grade 1 events highlight this extended Labor Day weekend of racing, led by the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday. Gun Runner, currently atop the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll over Arrogate, appears to be on track to storm through the Woodward just as he has his last two starts. The 4-year-old […]

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Free Rose Holds On In Del Mar Derby Blanket Finish

Abbondanza Racing and Nathan McCauley’s Free Rose held off a capacity field of 13 other sophomores to win Sunday’s Grade 2 Del Mar Derby by a diminishing half-length under a well-timed ride by Norberto Arroyo, Jr. The Richard Baltas-trained son of Munnings stalked the early pace and took a three-length lead at the top of […]

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