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Mucho Gusto ‘Punched His Own Ticket’ To Travers With ‘Really Strong’ Work At Del Mar

Bob Baffert will have a horse in the $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, after all. The Hall of Fame trainer said Monday that Mucho Gusto, runner-up in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 20, will run in the Travers on Saturday at Saratoga. “He came out of the Haskell really well, and he breezed […]

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Fighting Mad Draws Away Late In Torrey Pines

Stealing the lead at the start, Gary and Mary West’s Fighting Mad maintained her front-running presence throughout Saturday’s Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar. The 3-year-old daughter of New Year’s Day kicked well clear of her rivals in the stretch, cruising under the wire to win by at least six lengths as the […]

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Mr. Vargas ‘California Flagged ‘Em’ In Green Flash; Stormy Liberal Third

The 3-1 third chance in the field of six, Jay Em Ess Stable’s Mr. Vargas grabbed the lead at the start and never relinquished it in Saturday’s Grade 3 Green Flash Handicap. The 5-year-old son of Midshipman, ridden by Joe Talamo for trainer Brian Koriner, covered five furlongs over Del Mar’s firm turf course in […]

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Collusion Illusion Trumps Wrecking Crew In Del Mar’s Best Pal

In just the second start of his career, the bay colt Collusion Illusion raced to a $17.40 upset over five rivals in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday at Del Mar. The winner clicked by a length and a quarter under rider Joe Talamo. Finishing second in the six-furlong headliner carrying a […]

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‘East-vs-West’ Jockey Karaoke Battle Will Benefit PDJF

Jockeys know how to warm up their mounts, but they’re also warming up their vocal chords in Saratoga and Del Mar in advance of the second annual “Riders Up! Battle of East-vs-West” jockey karaoke contests to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The Saratoga jockeys are first out of the gate on Sunday, July […]

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Two Horses Die, Rider Escapes Serious Injury In Head-On Training Collision At Del Mar

Two unraced horses died and one rider suffered a mild injury in a freak head-on collision during morning training hours at Del Mar racetrack on Thursday, the day after the San Diego track opened its 80th summer meeting. Three horses, two trained by Bob Baffert and one by John Sadler, were working in company from […]

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In Quest For Ninth Haskell, Baffert Swinging At Fences With Mucho Gusto

When Bob Baffert looks to extend his record for victories in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational to nine on July 20, the Hall of Fame trainer will likely do so in an unfamiliar position. Six of his previous eight Haskell winners have gone off as the favorite in Monmouth Park’s signature race (Bayern in 2014 […]

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Mucho Gusto Defeats Stablemate Roadster In Affirmed

Although the distance may have been a concern to some beforehand, Bob Baffert’s speedy Mucho Gusto settled nicely off the pace and took charge around the far turn en route to an impressive 2 ¼ length win over stablemate Roadster in today’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Mucho […]

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Lady Prancealot Surges Late In Honeymoon

Next to last with a quarter mile to run, Irish-bred Lady Prancealot rallied boldy turning for home and unfurled a powerful stretch run en route to a three quarter length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by Richard Baltas, Lady Prancealot got a mile […]

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Mucho Gusto Proves Deserving Favorite In Laz Barrera

Breaking from the rail for the third time in his six-race career, Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto took serious early pressure but dictated terms throughout, shaking off his pursuers a furlong from home en route to a handy 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe […]

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