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Lakerball Upsets Surfer Girl At 33-1

At 33-1, the longest shot in a field of six juvenile fillies in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita, Lakerball sped to the lead from her outside post and held sway throughout under Mario Gutierrez, winning by a head as heavily favored Summering could manage no better than a third place finish under […]

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Monday’s Zuma Beach Draws Wide Open Field Of Eight Juveniles

In what appears to be a completely wide open contest, Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita has attracted a field of eight juveniles, with Bob Baffert’s Much Better, Jeff Bonde’s King of Speed, Jerry Hollendorfer’s More Ice, Doug O’Neill’s Takeo Squared and Jack Sisterson’s Ship of the Line all meriting serious consideration. MUCH […]

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Van Dyke, Miller Secure Meet-Leading Titles At Del Mar

Drayden Van Dyke went from six behind in the rider standings to one in front with a Del Mar record-tying seven wins on Sunday, Aug. 19, and tenaciously held on through the final 11 days of the meeting to secure his first major Southern California riding championship at the 79th Del Mar summer meeting. The […]

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‘The Ultimate Team Sport’: Miller Reflects On Near-Record Season At Del Mar

The question, frequently asked of horsemen and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club personnel at this time of year, was put to trainer Peter Miller. Are you glad or sad to see the summer season coming to an end? “A little of both,” Miller said Monday morning. “From one aspect, when you’re winning and doing well, you’d […]

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Del Mar Odyssey: Into the Home Stretch

Peter Miller has virtually wrapped up his third summer training title at Del Mar, which enters its final week of racing on Wednesday. Miller is clicking at 30 percent, saddling 28 winners from 92 starts. That puts him 12 ahead of Doug O’Neill, who came back down to earth after winning four races opening day […]

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Lava Man ‘Looks Phenomenal,’ Back At O’Neill Stable

Hall of Famer Lava Man, who underwent a colic-related procedure to repair a colon displacement on July 31, has returned to trainer Doug O’Neill’s stable at Del Mar, according to drf.com. The 17-year-old gelding had previously been acting as a stable pony for O’Neill. “He’s just chillin’,” O’Neill said. “He looks phenomenal. He’s on a different […]

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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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