San Diego Handicap

Van Dyke Doubles At Del Mar For Jockey Of The Week Title

Drayden Van Dyke won two graded stakes at Del Mar last week to be honored as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for July 16 – 22, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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Accelerate Works ‘Very Well,’ On Target For Pacific Classic

Accelerate, scratched from Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap – which was won impressively by stablemate Catalina Cruiser – worked five furlongs Sunday morning at Del Mar in :59.60 under exercise rider Juan Leyva. The work was the fastest of 69 at the distance. “I had him in a minute. He went very well,” Sadler said. Sadler scratched […]

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Catalina Cruiser Easily Wires Scratch-Depleted San Diego Handicap

Scratched down to a field of five on Saturday, the G2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar nevertheless saw a strong performance from Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser. The 4-year-old Union Rags colt led throughout for trainer John Sadler, crossing the wire 6 3/4 lengths ahead of his nearest rival. Off as the 6-5 favorite under […]

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Accelerate Scratched From San Diego, Could Target Whitney

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate has been scratched out of Saturday’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap, according to bloodhorse.com. The 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky is fine and will breeze on Sunday morning, said trainer John Sadler, in anticipation of a possible start on the east coast. Accelerate’s scratch was effected because of the presence of two […]

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Accelerate Seeks San Diego Repeat As Highweight In 10-Horse Field

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate, who has emerged as one of the top older Thoroughbreds in America this year, will pack highweight of 125 pounds versus nine rivals in the Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar. Co-feature Saturday is the $200,000 San Clemente Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile on the grass. In the sharpest form […]

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‘Rock Solid’ Accelerate Preparing To Defend His Title In San Diego Handicap

Remember Accelerate? How could any Del Mar follower forget? The now 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky, trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing LLC, shocked the racing world a year ago, winning the San Diego Handicap by 8 ½ lengths while super horse (to that point) Arrogate struggled home fourth at odds of 1-9. […]

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Baffert: ‘I Feel Like My Older Son Was Beaten By My Younger Son’

Bob Baffert’s emotions following Saturday’s Grade 1 Pacific Classic weren’t quite on par with a trainer who’d just finished one-two in a $1 million race. The superstar Arrogate was defeated a half-length by his stablemate Collected at Del Mar, and while Baffert was happy for owner Peter Fluor and the other connections of the winner, […]

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‘Workmanlike’ Accelerate Boasts 3-0 Record At Del Mar

Trainer John Sadler wasn’t present when Accelerate was purchased for $380,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2014 for his major client, Hronis Racing. But he had an idea that it might prove to be a good buy. It’s a family thing. “I saw the first foal out of the mare (Issues) was a good […]

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Collected, Accelerate In Solid Form Approaching Pacific Classic

The two main contenders likely to take on Arrogate in the Aug. 19 Pacific Classic both turned in workouts over the Del Mar oval Monday morning, according to drf.com. Arrogate’s Bob Baffert-trained stablemate Collected continued to impress bystanders with a one-mile tune-up in 1:37.40, and Accelerate, who recently defeated an inexplicably dull Arrogate in the […]

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Baffert: Arrogate’s Pacific Classic Status Depends On Workouts, Woodward Is Plan B

Arrogate’s shockingly poor performance in last weekend’s San Diego Handicap had trainer Bob Baffert blaming himself for not training the 4-year-old colt as hard as he normally would. Now, according to drf.com, the Hall of Famer is prepared to second-guess his original plan to run the son of Unbridled’s Song in the Aug. 19 Pacific Classic, […]

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