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Got Stormy All Class In Matriarch

The heroine of the Grade 1 Fourstardave over males earlier this summer at Saratoga, Gary Barber’s Got Stormy had to settle for second in her next two starts, the G1 Woodbine Mile and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. This Sunday, Gary Barber’s 4-year-old daughter of Get Stormy defeated a field of 10 other fillies and […]

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Oscar Dominguez Holds United At Bay To Win Hollywood Turf Cup

Bruce Sands and Nancy Messineo’s Oscar Dominguez was able to hold off the late charge of Breeders’ Cup runner up United by a neck, winning Sunday’s Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup on closing day at Del Mar. The 6-year-old gelding by Zoffany raced near the rear of the field and angled out on the far […]

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Smooth Like Strait Goes All The Way In Cecil B. Demille

Smooth Like Strait, a 15-1 longshot piloted by Geovanni Franco, sprinted to the lead out of the gate and never looked back in scoring a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Grade III $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes for two-year-olds on closing day of Del Mar’s 2019 fall Bing Crosby season. Well-rated by Franco, Smooth Like […]

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Mo Forza Proves Deserving Favorite In Hollywood Derby

OG Boss and Bardy Farm’s homebred Mo Forza continued to roll in Southern California, scoring his third consecutive victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. Under the guidance of jockey Paco Lopez, the Peter Miller-trained colt had to battle the length of the stretch with Neptune’s Storm but was able to prevail by three-quarters of […]

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Longshot Next Shares Finds Room On The Inside To Win Seabiscuit

It was all about the trip in Saturday’s Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap, Jose Valdivia, Jr. manufactured a perfect one for 6-year-old gelding Next Shares. Riding the rail around the far turn, the son of Archarcharch got to the lead in mid-stretch with enough left to hold off the late bid from unlucky 7-5 favorite Sacred […]

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Alms Kicks Clear In Jimmy Durante Stakes

Godolphin’s Alms, a solidly-backed second choice at 5-2, made it three-for-three in her brief career with a convincing triumph in the Grade III $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes for two-year-old fillies Saturday at Del Mar. Alms, piloted by Paco Lopez, wore down the 24-1 pacesetting longshot Laura’s Light in the upper stretch and drew off to […]

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Four-Win Saturday Boosts Flavien Prat To Third In Del Mar Rider Standings

Flavien Prat won four races Saturday at Del Mar, doubling his previous win total and moving the 2018 summer season champion into third place in the rider standings. With eight wins from 27 mounts, Prat is two behind leader Drayden Van Dyke (10/37) and one behind Abel Cedillo (9/40). Prat’s quadruple on Saturday consisted of: […]

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Inclement Weather Forces Thanksgiving Day Cancellation At Del Mar

With inclement weather predicted to bring substantial rain on Wednesday and Thursday of the coming week, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club proactively cancelled its scheduled Thanksgiving Day race card as part of its continuing emphasis on horse and rider safety. Track officials plan to shift several of the races from Thursday’s program – including the $100,000, […]

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Midcourt Makes It Four In A Row With Frontrunning Native Diver Victory

Hustled to the front shortly after the start and then beautifully rated by Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, Midcourt scored his fourth consecutive victory with an impressive performance in the featured Grade III $100,000 Native Diver Stakes Saturday at Del Mar. Midcourt, owned by the C R K Stable of Lee and Susan Searing […]

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Del Mar Returns Marines’ ‘Toys For Tots’ Program To Racetrack

For the third year in a row, Del Mar will host a “Toys for Tots” event and gift-gathering program as part of a highly successful U.S. Marine Corps-backed charity program that has been ongoing for more than 70 years. The hometown Marines – many of whom will be onsite in their sharp dress blue uniforms […]

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