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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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Weekend Lineup: Red Smith, Native Diver

This weekend’s graded stakes action features a pair of Grade 3 races at Aqueduct and Del Mar, as well as a pair of Grade 2’s at Woodbine. The G3 Red Smith at Aqueduct is up first, with trainer Tom Albertrani’s Sadler’s Joy as the headliner in the 11-horse field. Other top contenders include Glorious Empire […]

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Talamo Getting A ‘Good Shot’ On Baffert’s Dabster In San Antonio

The unflagging initiative of youth has paid dividends for Joe Talamo. The Louisiana native, who turns 29 on Jan. 12, has achieved gainful employment with Bob Baffert, joining Mike Smith, Drayden Van Dyke and other elite riders who have ready access to the two-time Triple Crown winning trainer’s blueblood stock. One of Joe’s current mainstays […]

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Battle Of Midway Fights Off Dabster To Win Native Diver

In a virtual match race, odds-on favored Battle of Midway, piloted by Flavien Prat, outdueled a game Dabster, ridden by Joe Talamo, to win the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes Sunday at Del Mar. With the field reduced to three runners after the withdrawal of Roman Rosso, Gift Box and Kershaw, Battle of Midway and Dabster […]

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Prime Attraction Gets Clear In Native Diver

DP Racing’s Prime Attraction, scratched from Friday’s Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and one-half on the grass to compete in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Native Diver Stakes at nine furlongs on the main track, rewarded that decision with a convincing triumph under jockey Victor Espinoza. Prime Attraction, trained by Jim Cassidy, stalked pacemaking Curlin Rules until the top […]

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G1 Hollywood Derby Tops Saturday’s Graded Stakes Tripleheader At Del Mar

Del Mar continues its Fall Festival of graded stakes competition Saturday with a tripleheader highlighted by the Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby for three-year-olds at a mile and one-eighth over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. A strong nine-race program also will feature two Grade III contests, the $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes for two-year-old fillies […]

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Mubtaahij Draws Rail For Native Diver; Hollywood Derby, Jimmy Durante Also On Tap At Del Mar Saturday

Mubtaahij, a 5-year-old Irish-bred trained by Bob Baffert for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, drew the No. 1 post and was tabbed for 2-1 morning line favoritism in Saturday’s Grade 3 Native Diver, a 1 1/8-mile main track event at Del Mar carrying a $100,000 purse. Mubtaahij won the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes […]

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‘A Lot Stronger Horse’: Reinvigorated Dortmund Could Return In Awesome Again

Dortmund was reportedly retired from racing in April of 2017, but the giant chestnut returned to training with Art Sherman at Los Alamitos in July. Apparently, the brief respite from the racetrack life reinvigorated the 5-year-old son of Big Brown. Sherman told that jockey Gary Stevens breezed Dortmund a mile at Los Al in 1:41 4/5 on […]

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‘Not The Dortmund He Used To Be’: Fan-Favorite Chestnut Retired To Stud

Dortmund, the 2015 Santa Anita derby winner who finished third to eventual Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in that year’s Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness Stakes, has been retired, trainer Art Sherman said Sunday morning. “It seemed like the right time now that’s he’s getting older,” Sherman said of the five-year-old chestnut horse, […]

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