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Del Mar Summer Season Kicks Off Wednesday With 10-Race Card

Del Mar kicks off its 80th summer season of racing on Wednesday (July 17) with an Opening Day 10-race program that features the Runhappy Oceanside Stakes. At one mile for 3-year-olds on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course, the Runhappy Oceanside will be contested for the 74th time and has drawn a field of 12 for […]

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Whitney, Pacific Classic On The Table For Thunder Snow’s Next Start

Third last out in the Met Mile, Godolphin’s Thunder Snow could target major races on both coasts for the remainder of 2019. The 5-year-old son of Helmet is under consideration for either the G1 Whitney at Saratoga (Aug.3) or the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar (Aug. 17), trainer Saeed bin Suroor told attheraces.com. “Thunder […]

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Del Mar Releases $7.4 Million Summer Stakes Schedule

Del Mar, the historic oval that will be presenting its 80th summer of racing alongside the blue Pacific starting on Wednesday, July 17, will offer its horsemen a robust stakes schedule consisting of 40 events worth nearly $7.4 million during its 36-day stand. The shore racing headquarter’s richest and most prestigious day will come on […]

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Del Mar Schedules Five Graded Stakes On Blockbuster Pacific Classic Day Aug. 17

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced that this year’s TVG Pacific Classic Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, as part of an enhanced racing program that will feature an unprecedented five graded stakes races, the first time that will have happened in the seaside track’s 80 summers of racing. Del Mar’s 29th edition […]

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Sadler: Accelerate ‘On The Same Pattern He Was Before He Won The Pacific Classic’

Horse of the Year contender Accelerate worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.40 at Santa Anita on Saturday morning, preparing for his final race in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26. It was the fastest of 18 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.96. “He […]

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Accelerate Again Awesome In Awesome Again

It happened again. Despite some unusual mid-race tactics, Kosta Hronis’ Accelerate powered clear to a 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes, adding to a year in which he has won the Santa Anita Handicap, Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and Pacific Classic. Off as the 1-5 favorite, the 5-year-old son of […]

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Pacific Classic Winner Accelerate Voted Del Mar Horse Of The Meet

An impressive effort in the 28th running of the TVG Pacific Classic that produced a record 12 ½-length margin of victory propelled Accelerate to honors as Horse of the Meeting and top older Horse for the 2018 summer season in a vote of the media at Del Mar. Trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing […]

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Sadler: ‘It’s Easy To Go To Work When You Have These Nice Horses In The Barn’

In the winner’s circle after Saturday’s victory in the Pat O’Brien Stakes, John Sadler was asked how special it was to have two horses like Catalina Cruiser, who had just completed a 7 ¼ length romp, and Accelerate, who had won the Pacific Classic by a record margin a week earlier. “What it does is make me […]

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Accelerate Supplants Justify As Leader Of NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Coming off his third Grade 1 win of the year in Saturday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar, the nation’s top older horse, Accelerate, knocked Triple Crown hero Justify out of the lead spot in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The 12 1/2-length Pacific Classic tour de force by Accelerate set off increased speculation that […]

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Del Mar Handle Up Eight Percent Over First Five Weeks

Overall handle has increased more than 8% after five weeks of racing at Del Mar, with two solid weeks of action still to come. Track officials welcomed the Friday announcement of the return of Breeders’ Cup to Del Mar in 2021, then saw a single-day handle mark topple when $25,969,128 was bet on Saturday’s TVG Pacific […]

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