Jim Barnes

Del Mar Odyssey: Hello, Goodbye

The second of seven weeks of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer meeting is in the books and here’s a quick review of some of the activities from the perspective of someone who’s been coming to the seaside oval for 40 years. Everybody Loves A Parade Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify made his final public […]

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Baffert On Justify: ‘We’re In A Holding Pattern’

Triple Crown champion Justify made his first appearance at Del Mar on Monday morning, a “meet and greet” with the San Diego County media conducted by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Justify looked as imposing as he had at all points through six straight victories in a career begun early this year with the […]

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Assistant Trainer Barnes Savoring Baffert Stable’s Second Triple Crown

Appropriately, Bob Baffert was center stage during Justify’s Triple Crown sweep this spring, but on call in the wings, there was Jim Barnes, appropriately playing Jimmy Olsen to Baffert’s Clark Kent. Justify handled the role of Superman just fine, thank you, giving Team Baffert its second Triple Crown triumph in four years, on the fleet […]

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Arrogate Arrives At Del Mar; Champion Stabled In American Pharoah’s Old Stall

Arrogate, the top-rated thoroughbred in the world, made the journey from Santa Anita to Del Mar on Sunday, a day earlier than expected, and is in place for projected starts in the $200,000 TVG San Diego Handicap Saturday and the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 19. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s 78th […]

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American Pharoah Arrives At Del Mar: ‘He Loves It Down Here’

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, displaying star cool, was on display for San Diego area media at Del Mar racetrack Tuesday morning, about six hours after arrival at the Bob Baffert barn. American Pharoah vanned down from Santa Anita in the dead of night with several other Baffert horses, arriving at 4 a.m. Assistant trainer […]

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The Champ Settles In At Churchill Downs

Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, fresh off a dominant eight-length victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I) at Oaklawn Park, completed an uneventful Monday journey from the Hot Springs, Ark., track to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., where he stepped off a van at the home of the G1 Kentucky Derby shortly after 4 […]

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Belmont detention barn opens

I’ll Have Another is scheduled to move into the new Belmont Detention barn on Tuesday morning while all runners in the Belmont must arrive by noon Wednesday, reports the Boston Globe. Track workers finished fixing up the barn Monday by pressure washing the stalls, adding paint and dark stone to the floors to ensure even […]

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Acorn no contest for Contested

Javier Castellano, riding Jill Baffert’s Uncontested for the first time after replacing Martin Garcia in the irons, sent the Ghostzapper filly right to the front and she was never challenged en route to a five-length victory in the Grade 1 TVG Acorn at Belmont Park on Monday’s Memorial Day program. Zo Impressive was a distant […]

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TOP DERBY CONTENDERS ‘LUCKY’ AND ‘SIDNEY’ ARRIVE AT CHURCHILL

PRESS RELEASE Two 3-year-old Thoroughbreds considered major contenders for the 136th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) were among a group of Derby hopefuls that arrived on Tuesday, April 13 at Churchill Downs.   Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s reigning 2-year-old champion and Rebel Stakes […]

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