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Prat, Miller Top Del Mar Standings With Three Weeks To Go

Defending champion Flavien Prat holds a five-win advantage over Drayden Van Dyke and Tyler Baze in the rider standings while two-time champion Peter Miller has a seven-win lead over Doug O’Neill and Jerry Hollendorfer atop the trainer board entering the fifth week of the summer season. Prat notched six wins last week to boost his […]

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‘Still A Warrior’: Lava Man’s Recovery From Colic Surgery Progressing Well

Among the thousands in attendance in the first weeks of Del Mar’s 79th summer season was an old, familiar face. Fourteen years prior, during the track’s 65th summer season, a dark bay Thoroughbred gelding with a star, a stripe and a blaze on his head finished second, beaten by four lengths in the first race […]

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Hall Of Famer Lava Man Recovering From Colic Surgery

Doug O’Neill posted updates on his Facebook page and on Twitter Tuesday concerning fan-favorite Lava Man, the ex-racehorse and stable pony who underwent treatment and surgery for colic. “We know he’s a tough guy but certainly would appreciate your good wishes,” reads the post. “We will keep everyone posted on his progress. Thank you!” Later […]

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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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Restrainedvengence Wins Oceanside Before Del Mar Opening-Day Crowd Of 33,112

Restrainedvengence, an 11-1 longshot ridden by Evin Roman, forged to the lead in the final strides to win the featured $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds on opening-day of the 2018 summer Thoroughbred racing season. Always well-placed in the one-mile contest over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, Restrainedvengence was swung to the outside for the […]

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O’Neill Chases Back-To-Back Indiana Derby Victories With Blame The Rider

Doug O’Neill will try to keep up his lofty stats in graded stakes at Indiana Grand. The California-based trainer had never run a horse here when he finished a close second in last year’s Indiana Oaks with Mopotism and immediately afterward won the Indiana Derby with Irap. Now the two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer is back […]

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Draft Pick Vs. Pair From Baffert, O’Neill Stables In Los Alamitos Derby

Draft Pick, who upset heavily-favored Solomini in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes June 10, will try for his third consecutive victory in the $150,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Derby Saturday. Restricted to 3-year-olds and scheduled for 1 1/8 miles, the Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby will go as the eighth of nine races. Post time Saturday is […]

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Blended Citizen, Draft Pick Headline Los Alamitos Derby Nominees

Graded stakes winners Blended Citizen and Draft Pick are among the 11 3-year-olds nominated to the $150,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Derby. The Grade III, which is scheduled for 1 1/8 miles, will be run for the fifth time at Los Alamitos Saturday, July 14. Owned by C R K Stable LLC and trained by Peter Eurton, Draft […]

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$500,000 Indiana Derby Attracts 47 Nominees; Pair From O’Neill Barn, Five From Baffert

The Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby, presented by Miller Lite, has drawn nominations from 47 3-year-old colts and geldings. Indiana’s richest horse race will be the featured event Saturday, July 14, among six stakes races on the evening card totaling more than $1.1 million. Heading the list of nominations is a pair of horses from […]

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First Gronk, Now Lebron: Phoenix Names $1.2 Million Juvenile For Another Star Athlete

Phoenix Thoroughbreds seems to have the market cornered on naming their horses after star athletes. First, New England Patriots football star Rob Gronkowski had a son of Lonhro named in his honor, who would go on to run second in this year’s Belmont Stakes. Now, Phoenix’s Triple Crown dreams are turning to juvenile “Lebron J.” […]

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