pacific classic

On The Threshold: Smith Remembers His Grade 1 Triumphs At Del Mar

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has 215 Grade 1 stakes victories in his career, one short of tying the retired Jerry Bailey for the wins recorded at the highest-level events in racing. While he’s aware of the circumstances, Smith knows from the experience of breaking many records in many categories that envisioning and doing […]

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‘We Think We Have A Good Shot’: Sadler Seeking Classic Repeat With Higher Power

Trainer John Sadler got the 0-for-44 Breeders’ Cup monkey off his back last year by winning the Classic with Accelerate. And if Higher Power is a long shot to follow Accelerate as champion older male, the 4-year-old colt has credentials to give Sadler and Eclipse Award-winning owner Hronis Racing a second straight victory in the […]

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Catalina Cruiser Pivots To Sprint; Bellafina ‘Looked Really Good’ In Penultimate Work

Higher Power worked five furlongs in 1:01 flat this morning in his penultimate major drill for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita two weeks hence, on Nov. 2. With Flavien Prat aboard, the Pacific Classic winner was one of four John Sadler workers bound for the Breeders’ Cup, the others being Catalina […]

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Hronis Racing Earns Record $1.4 Million In Purses, Captures Del Mar Owner Title

Hronis Racing swept to their fifth Del Mar owner title during the course of Del Mar’s 36-day summer season, winning nine races and a record $1,441,077 in purses. Among those nine victories was an unprecedented seven stakes races. Hronis Racing is the nom de course for two brothers from Delano, CA – Kosta and Pete […]

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‘Adapting To The New Climate’: Jerkens Happy To Share Credit For Successful Del Mar Meet

As the 80th Del Mar summer season approached, there was concern for, and by, Racing Secretary David Jerkens regarding producing 36 cards and keeping the track running on a five-day-a-week basis from mid-July to Labor Day. Santa Anita lost 24 racing days in the name of safety or not having enough horses to race four […]

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Pacific Classic-Placed Mongolian Groom Targeting Woodward

Trainer Enebish Ganbat plans to run Pacific Classic third-place finisher Mongolian Groom in the Grade 1 Woodward this weekend at Saratoga, turning around on one week of rest, according to drf.com. The gelded 4-year-old son of Hightail was sent to post at 18-1 odds, the second-longest chance on the tote board, but was beaten just […]

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Imperative ‘Loves Having A Job,’ To Be Retrained For New Career By NTWO

The National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization (NTWO) announces that multi-million dollar earner Imperative will be retiring to its farm to begin a new career in the show world. “I want Imperative to be the poster boy for racing,” said owner Ron Paolucci. “I am grateful to Old Friends for being willing to take him in retirement, […]

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Sadler ‘Doing What’s Best’ For Catalina Cruiser, Cuts Him Back To Seven Furlongs

The San Diego Handicap and Pat O’Brien Stakes would seem an odd couple of events for a horse to undertake, let alone win, in any Del Mar summer meeting. The San Diego Handicap is around two turns, 1 1/16th miles and serves as the major prep for the TVG Pacific Classic. The Pat O’Brien is […]

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Seeking The Soul Suffered Bout Of ‘Thumps’ In Pacific Classic, Will Aim For Lukas Classic

Charles Fipke’s homebred Seeking the Soul finished seventh in Saturday’s $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, a disappointing effort from the post-time favorite. Trainer Dallas Stewart explained that the 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul suffered a bout of the “thumps,” an electrolyte imbalance, according to Horse Racing Nation. “Who knows when it might have […]

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Higher Power Jumps To Fifth Spot In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Hronis Racing’s 4-year-old Higher Power, runaway winner of Saturday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, has surged to the No. 5 spot in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, while Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, winner of the Whitney (G1), has retained the No. 1 position. Higher Power […]

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