cougar II handicap

Beach View Scratched From Pacific Classic Due To Small Cut

Leonard Powell stooped low beneath the stall web and pointed to a small cut just above the hoof on the right front foot of his TVG Pacific Classic entrant Beach View early Saturday morning at Del Mar. “He grabbed it (nicked himself) in the stall, I think back in the corner,” Powell said. “It’s sore, so we’re […]

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Hoppertunity Assigned Highweight In Wednesday’s Cougar II Handicap

Hoppertunity, who at the relatively advanced Thoroughbred age of seven continues to win races in top company while adding to his bankroll of almost $4.7 million, will carry highweight of 125 pounds Wednesday in the Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at the marathon distance of a mile and one-half over Del Mar’s main dirt track. The […]

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Curlin Road Upsets Hard Aces In Cougar II Handicap At Del Mar

Curlin Road, claimed for $40,000 last April at Santa Anita, declared a generous dividend on his new owners’ investment with a courageous triumph in the featured Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at the marathon distance of a mile and one-half over Del Mar’s main dirt track Wednesday. Sent postward at 9-1 under jockey Flavien […]

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Hard Aces Looks To Defend His Title In Wednesday’s Cougar II Handicap

Hronis Racing’s Hard Aces, winner of the 2016 $100,000 Cougar II Handicap, will be back to defend his title Wednesday in this summer’s renewal of the Grade III mile and one-half test over the main dirt track at Del Mar. Hard Aces, a winner of $1.2 million in his career, will shoulder highweight of 124 pounds including […]

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Hard Aces Nearly Eclipses Million-Dollar Mark With Cougar II Victory

Hronis Racing’s Hard Aces ground out a seventh career victory in Sunday’s Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar, pushing his career earnings to just under the million-dollar mark. The 6-year-old son of Hard Spun crossed the wire about a half-length in front, covering 12 furlongs over the fast main track in 2:30.55 under […]

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Hoppertunity Scratched; Hard Aces Inherits Cougar II Favoritism

With the declaration of pre-race favorite Hoppertunity because of a fever, 2015 Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Hard Aces has inherited the favorite’s role in Sunday’s Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at a mile one-half over Del Mar’s main track. Hard Aces, the new highweight at 122 pounds, will have Santiago Gonzalez in […]

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Weekend Lineup: Big Tests For California Chrome, Songbird

Opening day at Saratoga has finally arrived! The weekend’s graded stakes action kicks off at the Spa on Friday afternoon with the G3 Schuylerville, a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies on the main track. Steve Asmussen’s Made Me Shiver was a first-out winner at Churchill and has drawn the morning-line favoritism here, with second choice […]

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Big John B Shows Versatility With Cougar II Triumph

Big John B, winner of 12 of 28 career starts on grass, including the 2014 Del Mar Handicap, showed another dimension to his ability Friday as he scored his first victory on a dirt surface with a come-from-behind triumph in Del Mar’s featured Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap. With Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, […]

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Irish Surf Romps in Cougar II, Longview Drive Fatally Injured

Irish Surf pulled off a surprise victory in Friday’s Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar under Elvis Trujillo. The Dan Hendricks trainee ran off with the lead going into the backstretch and dug in to finish ahead by 8 1/4 lengths. His 2:29.01 winning time for the 1 1/2 miles established a new […]

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Back For More: Richard’s Kid Takes Second Cougar II Handicap

Rekindling memories of better days, Richard’s Kid ended a ten-race winless streak with a rousing come-from-behind victory in the featured $100,000 Cougar II Handicap under a strong ride by jockey Joe Talamo Friday at Del Mar. Without a victory since he won the mile and one-half race last summer, the eight-year-old son of Lemon Drop […]

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