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Emotions Abound For Winning Connections On Del Mar Opening Day

True to the words sung live by track founder Bing Crosby in 1938 that are heard by recording every day, there was “a winner in each race” on opening day Wednesday. Reactions and thoughts from some of them: Trainer Doug O’Neill — For the second year in a row, O’Neill won the first race of the […]

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Hall Of Famer Hollendorfer Told To Vacate Stalls At Santa Anita, Golden Gate

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was told Saturday by The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita Park, to vacate his stalls at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack after the euthanasia of American Currency – the fourth horse from his barn to die since the winter meet began Dec. 26. American Currency sustained fractured sesamoids in […]

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Danuska’s My Girl Makes It Look Easy In Las Flores

Under aggressive handling from Geovanni Franco, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Danuska’s My Girl registered a 3 ¼ length win in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita. Sent from the gate in her first stakes assignment, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Shackleford got six furlongs in 1:10.23. Head and head the first eighth of […]

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‘Ward’ Of San Diego, An Aide To Hall Of Fame Trainers

Every Del Mar summer season is a homecoming for Dan Ward, Jr., the top assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Ward’s parents, Dan, Sr., and Joan, live in Carlsbad and, since going to work for Hollendorfer in 2008, Dan has been able to stay with them, make the short commute to Del Mar […]

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O’Neill, Hollendorfer Off To Dominating Starts At Del Mar

Del Mar’s 79th summer season opening day was a very good one on the track for trainers Doug O’Neill and Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and on-track, for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper. O’Neill won four of the first five races, to move within one of the track single-day record he set on […]

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World Of Trouble, Kanthaka Battle In Woody Stephens

A diverse and competitive group of 3-year-olds is set to converge in the Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens presented by Mohegan Sun run at seven furlongs on the main track on Saturday at Belmont Park. Despite being a Grade 2 race on a card loaded with Grade 1s, the Woody Stephens is routinely one of […]

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Dan Ward: Don’t Discount Kanthaka’s San Felipe Trip Behind Bolt d’Oro And McKinzie

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Kanthaka will try to give Southern California-based runners a second consecutive Toyota Blue Grass (G2) victory here Saturday. Last year, the maiden Irap was the lone West Coast-based entrant in the $1 million race, which he won. Kanthaka, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, arrived at Keeneland Wednesday and made his first appearance on […]

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Unique Bella ‘Learning How To Relax’ Ahead Of Santa Maria Stakes

Unique Bella, an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding female sprinter of 2017, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in 49.60, breezing, for an expected start in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 10. “She worked great,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who had exercise […]

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Accelerate, Collected ‘Very Nice’ In Final Works For TVG Pacific Classic

Accelerate and Collected put in final workouts Sunday in preparation for Saturday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic, the signature event of the summer meeting and a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Classic-nominated champion 4-year-old filly Songbird also worked before owner Rick Porter put out word, via Facebook, that she would run next in the […]

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Previously Undefeated Sircat Sally Officially Retired With Sesamoid Injury

Joe Turner’s homebred Sircat Sally, undefeated in her first seven career starts, has officially been retired after a third-place finish in Sunday’s Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap, reports drf.com. The 3-year-old, California-bred daughter of Surf Cat was pulled up after the race by jockey Drayden Van Dyke, and subsequently vanned off the course. She was later diagnosed […]

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