Del Mar

‘One At A Time’: Maiden Winner Ancient Warrior Targeting Allowance Sprint For 2020 Debut

Unbeaten Ancient Warrior is targeting a Feb. 2 first-level allowance sprint for his 3-year-old debut, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Sunday morning. Ancient Warrior was a front-running 4 ¼-length winner of his Nov. 23 career debut at Del Mar for Hollendorfer and breeder/owner Al Graziani, covering 6 furlongs in a sharp 1:09.72. Garth, […]

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California’s Guaranteed Participation Purses Increased To Offset Higher Costs To Owners

To offset the workers’ compensation insurance per-start increase and in an effort to provide additional relief to California Thoroughbred owners who have been hit with general increases in costs for racing during the past year, the Guaranteed Participation Purses will be increased from $351 to $500 per start in Southern California and from $300 to […]

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Authentic Runs Away With Derby Points In Sham Stakes

Although extremely green late, Bob Baffert’s Authentic stamped himself as a top tier Derby contender with a powerful gate to wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke the Kentucky-bred colt by Into Mischief got a flat mile in 1:37.57. Sent from his rail post position, […]

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Succesful Trip To Del Mar Nets Paco Lopez Jockey Of The Week Title

With more stakes wins than any other North American jockey last week, Paco Lopez was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for November 25 – December 1, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more […]

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Got Stormy All Class In Matriarch

The heroine of the Grade 1 Fourstardave over males earlier this summer at Saratoga, Gary Barber’s Got Stormy had to settle for second in her next two starts, the G1 Woodbine Mile and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. This Sunday, Gary Barber’s 4-year-old daughter of Get Stormy defeated a field of 10 other fillies and […]

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Oscar Dominguez Holds United At Bay To Win Hollywood Turf Cup

Bruce Sands and Nancy Messineo’s Oscar Dominguez was able to hold off the late charge of Breeders’ Cup runner up United by a neck, winning Sunday’s Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup on closing day at Del Mar. The 6-year-old gelding by Zoffany raced near the rear of the field and angled out on the far […]

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Smooth Like Strait Goes All The Way In Cecil B. Demille

Smooth Like Strait, a 15-1 longshot piloted by Geovanni Franco, sprinted to the lead out of the gate and never looked back in scoring a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Grade III $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes for two-year-olds on closing day of Del Mar’s 2019 fall Bing Crosby season. Well-rated by Franco, Smooth Like […]

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$128 Ticket Hits Del Mar Pick 6 For $428,459

A single ticket holder cashed big at Del Mar Saturday afternoon when their $128 Pick 6 ticket came in for a $428,459 payoff. The wager was made through the TwinSpires betting hub and the person who bought it structured his/her ticket with two horses in each of the six races. The payout was the largest […]

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Mo Forza Proves Deserving Favorite In Hollywood Derby

OG Boss and Bardy Farm’s homebred Mo Forza continued to roll in Southern California, scoring his third consecutive victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. Under the guidance of jockey Paco Lopez, the Peter Miller-trained colt had to battle the length of the stretch with Neptune’s Storm but was able to prevail by three-quarters of […]

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