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Baffert Trainee Mother Mother Ships In To Capture Churchill’s Rags To Riches

Southern California invader and Del Mar Debutante (Grade I) runner-up Mother Mother led nearly every step of the way in Sunday’s sixth running of the $103,116 Rags to Riches Overnight Stakes to easily beat late-running Molto Bella by 1 ¾ lengths on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet. Ridden by Florent Geroux and […]

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G1 Winner Union Strike Retired, Scheduled To Visit Bolt D’Oro In 2019

Owner Mick Ruis told drf.com on Tuesday that his Grade 1-winning filly Union Strike has officially been retired due to a “minor issue.” The 4-year-old daughter of Union Rags had been scheduled to start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs next weekend, but Ruis did not pre-enter her. “She’s fine, but she’s […]

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Baffert Wants Futurity Win For ‘Mission Accomplished’ Season At Del Mar

Entering Sunday’s penultimate program of the summer meeting, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had 12 wins from 39 starters. Eleven of those were in maiden races where he unveiled 2-year-old male talents like Roadster and Game Winner, his entrants in a field of seven for Monday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. Or fillies […]

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Bellafina Kicks Clear In Del Mar Debutante

Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina showed up with a big effort in Saturday’s Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, taking command from Mother Mother in the far turn and drawing away to a commanding four-length win as the 2-1 second choice. The juvenile daughter of Quality Road, ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Simon Callaghan, covered seven furlongs […]

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Baffert, Hollendorfer Ready Candidates For Debutante, Futurity Showdowns

Combined, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has 20 victories in the championship races for 2-year-olds at the Del Mar summer meeting. He’s won the Debutante, for fillies, seven times and the Futurity, for males, a record 13 times. Combined, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has two wins. He saddled champion Songbird to victory […]

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Debutante, John C. Mabee Stakes Headline Saturday’s Del Mar Program

Del Mar kicks off its Labor Day holiday weekend of Thoroughbred racing Saturday by presenting a quality-laden 11-race program, featuring the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade II $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes for older grass runners on a card commencing at 2 p.m. The seven-furlong Debutante will match […]

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Baffert: This Year’s Debutante Could Be One Of The Toughest

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has had representatives in the Del Mar Debutante, and race winners, for more than 20 years. Batroyale in 1995 was the first of seven winners in the championship event for 2-year-old fillies of the summer meeting that Baffert has saddled. But when he considered the talent assembling for the […]

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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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