del mar debutante

June 15 Last Day For Nominations To Del Mar Debutante, Futurity

Nominations will close Friday, June 15 for Del Mar’s two premier stakes for 2-year-olds – the Grade I Del Mar Debutante for fillies and the Grade I Del Mar Futurity for all juveniles. The championship events will be renewed this summer on Saturday, September 1 (Debutante) and Monday, September 3 (Futurity). The nomination fee for […]

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Bloodlines: Filly Grade 1 Victories Come In Different Packages

Two talented fillies with radically different sales histories became Grade 1 winners on opposite ends of the country on Sept. 2. A sales ring star with a $650,000 price tag at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, Moonshine Memories (by Malibu Moon) won the Del Mar Debutante. At Saratoga, not only across the country but from […]

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Ruis ‘Very Excited’ To Take A Futurity Shot With Bolt D’Oro

The newly-formed Ruis Racing Stable of owner Mick Ruis, Sr., pulled off a big surprise when its Union Strike, trained by Ruis’ daughter Shelbe, won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante last summer. Mick is back, doing the training himself, and looking forward to taking a shot at another 2-year-old championship when he saddles Bolt […]

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Moonshine Memories Surprises In Del Mar Debutante

When neither of the public’s top two betting choices were within three lengths of the lead at the head of the lane, it was left to the Coolmore partners and Bridlewood Farm’s Moonshine Memories to take the G1 Del Mar Debutante field from gate-to-wire at 5-1. The juvenile daughter of Malibu Moon, ridden by the […]

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Weekend Lineup: Labor Day Celebration

A total of four Grade 1 events highlight this extended Labor Day weekend of racing, led by the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday. Gun Runner, currently atop the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll over Arrogate, appears to be on track to storm through the Woodward just as he has his last two starts. The 4-year-old […]

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The Del Mar-Saratoga All Stakes Pick 4: Saturday, Sept. 2

Saturday will be the second and final Del Mar-Saratoga All Stakes Pick 4 this summer. The $.50 bet commences with the Grade 1 Spinaway from Saratoga for 2-year-old fillies, continues with heavily favored Gun Runner’s bid for a third consecutive G1 victory in the Woodward, then moves to Del Mar for the G1 Debutante, featuring the West […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Take Down Wide Open Del Mar Debutante?

The 67th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante brings together a field of eight and there is not a single horse in the group that doesn’t have a chance to win. Leading the field in terms of stakes success is Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes winner Spectator, with Sorrento runner-up Dancing Belle out […]

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Guillot Preparing His Voodoo Dolls For Grade 1 Debutante

Trainer Eric Guillot sat on a bale of hay near where his two fillies for upcoming stakes were stabled and lamented the No. 1 post for Gabrielleelizabeth in Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante in a way that reflected his Louisiana roots. “The West Coast mafia done got me and stuck me with the […]

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D’Amato On Pace To Threaten Baffert’s Stakes Record At Del Mar

In 2000, the 60th summer season at Del Mar and the first of a new century, Bob Baffert was in the winner’s circle following stakes races 13 of a possible 28 times. A track record for a trainer that figured to stand for a long time. And so it has, to this the 78th season and into […]

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Family Matters: Ruis Moves Horses From Daughter Shelbe’s Barn To Craig Dollase

Grade 1 winner Union Strike was among the 19 horses moved this week by owner Mick Ruis from the barn of his daughter, trainer Shelbe Ruis. The horses have been transferred to trainer Craig Dollase. The Daily Racing Form reports that the father and daughter have “severed their business relationship.” While neither Shelbe nor her father would elaborate on […]

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