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Champion Unique Bella Booked To Medaglia D’Oro In 2019

On Monday, the Darley Stallions Twitter account announced that champion Unique Bella will be bred to Medaglia d’Oro in 2019. The 2017 female sprinter of the year, Unique Bella was retired in August following the discovery of a sesamoid fracture after a morning workout at Del Mar. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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Leading Sire Tapit To Stand For $225,000 In 2019

Three-time leading sire Tapit will stand for a fee of $225,000 LFSN in 2019 at Gainesway in Lexington, Ky. Tapit’s book will again be limited to 125 mares. Tapit is the sire of 24 Grade 1 winners and seven champions, including Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter Unique Bella, who captured the Grade 1 Beholder Mile and […]

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Sesamoid Fracture Forces Retirement Of Unique Bella

Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella has officially been retired, according to the farm’s Twitter account. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit suffered a sesamoid fracture during a workout on Saturday morning at Del Mar. “The doctors have confirmed that once she is stabilized, she will be taken to our farm to continue her recovery,” the Tweet […]

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‘No Problems’ In Accelerate’s Final Work Toward Pacific Classic

John Sadler-trained Accelerate, the likely morning line favorite for Saturday’s$1 million TVG Pacific Classic and race-nominated The Lieutenant and Unique Bella logged final works Sunday for the signature event of the Del Mar summer season. With assistant trainer Juan Leyva up, the 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky was timed in 1:26.00 for seven furlongs after covering the […]

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Total Of 15 Nominated To $1 Million Pacific Classic

Fourteen older males and champion 4-year-old filly Unique Bella have been nominated for the 28th running of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 18, as the deadline passed at midnight Thursday. The connections for all 15, six of which have been cross-entered in other stakes races next weekend, have until Tuesday to decide regarding the 1 ¼-mile signature event […]

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Hollendorfer Causes Stir As He Nominates Unique Bella To Pacific Classic; Plans Not Solid Yet

Of the eight names on nomination forms for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic secured by the Del Mar racing office as of Thursday morning there was one guaranteed to create a stir in fans and horsemen alike. That name: Unique Bella, the Eclipse Award-winning 4-year-old filly trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, owned […]

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Diversify Jumps To Third In NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

New York-bred gelding Diversify became a multiple Grade 1 winner while leading every step inSaturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, an effort that confirmed his status as the East Coast’s leading older horse and moved him to third in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The 3 1/2-length score over a sloppy track came one month […]

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‘Ward’ Of San Diego, An Aide To Hall Of Fame Trainers

Every Del Mar summer season is a homecoming for Dan Ward, Jr., the top assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Ward’s parents, Dan, Sr., and Joan, live in Carlsbad and, since going to work for Hollendorfer in 2008, Dan has been able to stay with them, make the short commute to Del Mar […]

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Unique Bella’s Clement Hirsch Win Came Despite Losing Shoe Early On

Unique Bella was a 2-5 favorite on the morning line and 1-10 when the gates opened for Sunday’s Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes. And the 4-year-old champion filly lived up to those expectations despite losing a shoe the first time past the wire in the 1 1/16-mile event, despite feeling some competitive heat […]

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Unique Bella Fends Off Late Run From La Force In Clement L. Hirsch

Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella was favored at 1-9 for Sunday’s Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch, but German-bred La Force made a race of it at 8-1, flying late in the final eighth of a mile. Mike Smith had to drop down on Unique Bella’s back to urge her on, but the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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