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Bejarano, Prat Dead Heat In Del Mar Jockey Race; D’Amato Leading Trainer

The only time Del Mar had a tie for the jockey championship was 1950, when riding legends John Longden and Bill Shoemaker deadlocked with 60 wins apiece. Until the 77th summer meeting came to an end Monday when four-time defending champion Rafael Bejarano, 34, and 24-year-old rising star Flavien Prat tied with 38 wins after […]

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Avenge Gets First Graded Victory In John C. Mabee

Ramona S. Bass’ Avenge earned her first graded stakes victory Sunday, stalking the early pace and taking over at the head of the lane to just last in the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar. The 4-year-old daughter of War Front defeated a full field of 11 other fillies and mares by a […]

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California Chrome Draws The Rail In 2016 Pacific Classic

The 2016 TVG Pacific Classic is shaping up to be a historic contest this Saturday at Del Mar, but Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup champion California Chrome will have to overcome a tough post position draw: the rail. “I wasn’t smiling too much after the one-hole was drawn,” trainer Art Sherman said. “I’d have […]

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Baffert Says Hoppertunity Will Join Dortmund In Pacific Classic

Trainer Bob Baffert decided Tuesday to enter Hoppertunity in Saturday’s Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar, reports the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman on Twitter. The 5-year-old son of Any Given Saturday hasn’t run since finishing fourth in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25, and Baffert had reportedly been considering […]

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Lord Nelson Looks For Breeders’ Cup Berth In Sunday’s Bing Crosby

Spendthrift Farm’s classy Lord Nelson, recent winner of the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita, will attempt to continue building on his reputation Sunday when he heads a field of nine sprinters in the 71st running of the Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs. According to allowance conditions for the […]

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Three Injuries, One Fatal, Postpone Beholder’s Work At Del Mar

Injuries to three racehorses during the training hours of 6:30 and 7:15 a.m. at Del Mar, which resulted in one fatality, led trainer Richard Mandella to postpone his star mare Beholder’s planned workout Saturday morning, reports the Daily Racing Form. “I’ve got a stomach ache. She doesn’t, but I do,” Mandella said. “We’ll do it […]

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Hoppertunity Probable Favorite For Santa Anita’s Gold Cup

The second of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Series for the Breeders’ Cup Classic approaches on Saturday, June 25. The $500,000 Gold Cup, held at the now-defunct Hollywood Park through 2013, is in its third year at Santa Anita, and a strong field is likely for the 2016 edition of the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Jockey Prat Speaks Volumes With His Rides

Six months ago, there was some uncertainty about Flavien Prat. The young French jockey was coming back from a serious injury after a nasty spill last September at Los Alamitos – he had a punctured lung and broken vertebrae that required him to wear a body cast for more than two months –  and some trainers […]

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Forty-Three Percent Wins, Three Stakes Earn Prat Jockey Of The Week Title

Jockey Flavien Prat scored at a 43% win rate and won three stakes on his way to be named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for May 23 – 30.  The award is voted on by a panel experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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