Monday, September 03 2012

My Best Brother Wins Del Mar Derby

Beautifully rated on the lead by jockey Martin Garcia, My Best Brother held off the late challenge of the 5-2 favorite, eastern invader Howe Great, to win Sunday’s 68th running of the Grade II $300,000 Del Mar Derby.

Sent to the front shortly after the start of the nine-furlong test over Del Mar’s infield Jimmy Durante grass course, My Best Brother set realistic fractions but still enough left in reserve to prevail over the rallying Howe Great and win by three-quarters of a length in a fast 1:46.83.

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Sunday, September 02 2012

Del Mar Futurity Climaxes Successful Race Meeting

Del Mar climaxes another highly-successful Thoroughbred racing season Wednesday with a ten-race program featuring the traditional closing-day headliner, the 65th running of the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs for the most talented two-year-olds in the West.

A field of 12 juveniles is scheduled to battle in the Futurity, including Know More who accomplished the rare feat of winning a stakes in his career debut, capturing the Grade II Best Pal August 5. The son of Lion Heart will have Garrett Gomez in the saddle again.

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Executive Privilege Wins Del Mar Debutante

Executiveprivilege, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Rafael Bejarano, preserved her perfect record Saturday as she rallied in the stretch to nail front-running Beholder in the final stride to win the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante for two-year-old fillies.

Scoring the fourth triumph of her career, Executive Privilege gained the nod at the wire to win by a nose in 1:23.43 for the seven furlongs. Beholder, an 8-1 longshot, took command from the gate under Garrett Gomez, turned into the stretch with a clear advantage but was unable to hold off the winner in the last few yards.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—September 1, 2012


Heather Craig, assistant to trainer H. Graham Motion, has been dispatched on her first trip to Del Mar to supervise preparations for Howe Great, named for hockey great Gordie Howe.

She’ll be saddling the 7-2 morning line favorite for Sunday’s $300,000 Grade II Del Mar Derby against nine rivals in the 1 1/8 mile event over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course that climaxes the stakes series for 3-year-olds of the summer meeting. The 9-2 second choice in the morning line: Old Time Hockey, a colt named for a repeating phrase in the hockey movie “Slapshot .”

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Saturday, September 01 2012

Yellow Ribbon Handicap Tops Labor Day Program

City to City and All Star Heart, who finished noses apart in one of the most exciting finishes of the 2012 Del Mar season in the Grade II John C. Mabee August 12, will be rematched Monday, Labor Day, in the Grade II $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at a mile and one-sixteenth over Del Mar’s grass course.

City to City, topweighted at 122 pounds, got up in the final stride to deal a heart-breaking loss to All Star Heart who appeared home free until she was edged out at the wire. The weight spread in the Mabee was two pounds as it will be Monday since All Star Heart carries 120 in the race formerly called the Palomar Handicap.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 31, 2012


Of the 49 stakes victories at Del Mar Hall of Fame trainer has recorded from 1978-2011, the number produced by younger horses can be counted on two hands. Unofficially, one hand and three fingers of the other.

Mandella has one victory in the El Cajon Stakes for three-year-olds, Mamaison in 1983, and one in the Del Mar Debutante, Halfbridled in 2003. But he’s intending to add to those totals, and offer evidence of the youth movement in his stable when he sends out Jimmy Creed in today’s $100,000 El Cajon Stakes and Beholder in Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante.

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Friday, August 31 2012

Garcia Achieves 1,000-Win Milestone

Jockey Martin Garcia, 27-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, scored the milestone 1,000th victory of his career Thursday when he booted home Bubba Fizz in the second race at Del Mar.

Bubba Fizz, a two-year-old gelded son of Sunriver owned by JR Riley Stables and trained by Mike Mitchell, responded gamely to Garcia’s handling in the stretch to defeat Disarm by a head in the six furlong race over Del Mar’s main track. Third choice in the wagering, Bubba Fizz paid $12.40 to win.

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Friday Brings Another Pick Six Carryover At Del Mar

For a record-tying 13th time at the meet, Del Mar will offer a Pick Six carryover when racing begins Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Thursday’s card – which featured a Pick Six carryover of $93,491 going into the nine-race program – saw $634,135 of “new” money come chasing the elusive six-win bet, but to no avail. The final straw came in the 9th race when rider Daniel Vergara booted home Big Man in Town for a $129.40 payoff, the highest win price of the 277 races held through 32 days of the 37-day session.

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Title At Stake In 68th Del Mar Derby

The three-year-old championship of the 2012 Del Mar Thoroughbred racing season will be decided Sunday (September 2 ) when ten top three-year-olds clash in the 68th running of the Grade II $300,000 Del Mar Derby at nine furlongs over the infield grass course.

The field is headed by Glen Hill Farm’s Old Time Hockey, winner of the La Jolla Handicap, and Team Valor International’s classy Howe Great, east coast invader who won the Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park in July.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 30, 2012

Fed Biz made Valentine’s Day even sweeter than usual for owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert last February 12.

The 3-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, a $950,000 purchase at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, produced an impressive victory in a mile race at Santa Anita, covering the distance in 1:34.60 and earning a 97 Beyer Figure.

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Monday, August 27 2012

Dullahan Upsets In Pacific Classic

Donegal Stable’s Dullahan, eastern invader who was the lone three-year-old in the field, rallied from logodeep in the ten-horse field to run down 6-5 favored Game on Dude in the final sixteenth and win the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic under jockey Joel Rosario Sunday.

Dullahan, third behind I’ll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby after winning the Blue Grass Stakes last spring, won going away by a half-length over a courageous Game on Dude who turned for home with a clear advantage under Chantal Sutherland.

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Numbers Continue Their Climb In Del Mar’s 75th Anniversary Year

Del Mar’s 75th anniversary year continued its magical run with its key yardstick numbers climbing once more at the conclusion of a Week 6 that included putting a stellar TVG Pacific Classic Day in the books.

The big Sunday program that showcased a pair of Grade II features and was topped by the 22nd edition of the track’s signature race, the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic won by the 3-year-old eastern invader Dullahan – drew 34,482 and registered a bet total of $22,363,307, the seventh highest single-day figure in track history. Those numbers presented a 23.4% rise in handle over 2011 and a 17.8% jump over last year’s attendance.

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