del mar futurity

The ‘Other’ Baffert, Game Winner Kicks Away In Del Mar Futurity

It was Bob Baffert trainee Roadster who drew all the press in the weeks leading up to the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, but on Labor Day it was his stablemate, Gary and Mary West’s Game Winner, who would power home a two-length winner under Mario Gutierrez. The 2-year-old son of Candy Ride, second choice […]

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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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Weekend Lineup: Labor Day Extravaganza

A strong three-day lineup awaits horse racing enthusiasts this holiday weekend, culminating with Labor Day on Monday and a pair of Grade 1 stakes for 2-year-olds, potentially candidates for next year’s Kentucky Derby trail. Kicking off the action on Saturday are a pair of Grade 1 races at Saratoga, the Spinaway for juvenile fillies, a […]

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Roadster Gives Baffert Another Likely Favorite For Del Mar Futurity

A field of seven was entered Friday for the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity, the traditional closing-day feature as Del Mar’s 79th Summer Season wraps up on Labor Day Monday, September 3. Highly-regarded Roadster from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was among the seven for the event that determines the […]

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Best Pulls Instagrand From Futurity, Colt Pointed To American Pharoah Stakes

Owner Larry Best made the decision to scratch likely favorite Instagrand from the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Friday morning, reports drf.com. “The horse is in good condition,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “Larry Best did not want to run.” Instead, the talented juvenile son of Into Mischief will be aimed at the G1 American Pharoah […]

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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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Don’t ‘Drag Your Feet’: Bolt D’Oro Arrives At Asmussen’s Barn At Saratoga

Multiple Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro wasted no time in being shipped to new trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn, settling in with the Hall of Famer’s Saratoga contingent on the Oklahoma side Friday morning. Bolt d’Oro, who had been trained by owner Mick Ruis, was moved to Asmussen’s stable from Ruis’ farm in Kentucky. “He arrived […]

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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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Castellano Flies West, Works ‘Solid’ Bolt D’Oro From The Gate At Santa Anita

Ridden for the first time by four-time Eclipse Champion Javier Castellano, top Derby candidate Bolt d’Oro worked six furlongs out of the gate this morning at Santa Anita in 1:12 flat and was given gallop out times for seven furlongs in 1:25 flat and a mile in 1:39.80 by Santa Anita’s official clocking crew. With Castellano committed to the […]

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Likely Juvenile Favorite Bolt D’Oro Breezes Five Furlongs At Santa Anita

Owned and trained by Mick Ruis, 2-year-old Bolt d’Oro is widely regarded as the likely favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar in two weeks. The Medaglia d’Oro colt put in a five-furlong breeze at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, cruising through five furlongs in 1:01.40 under regular jockey Corey Nakatani. “I thought […]

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