Thursday, August 23 2012


Romantic Wish, Gomez Win Del Mar Feature


Arnold Zetcher’s English-bred Romantic Wish, second in her last three races, ended her losing streak in style Wednesday with a hard-fought victory in Del Mar’s feature, a mile and one-sixteenth event over the main track for older fillies and mares.

Prominent from the start, Romantic Wish rallied from between horses entering the stretch under the expert guidance of jockey Garrett Gomez and outfinished 6-5 favored Maker Or Breaker by a head, with 10-1 longshot Jaredella another nose back in third place. Hoosier Honey was fourth in the field of six.





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Game On Dude Favored Vs. Nine In Sunday’s TVG Pacific Classic


Game On Dude drew post position 9 Wednesday night and was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite to win the 22nd edition of the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic this Sunday at Del Mar.

The 5-year-old gelded son of Awesome Again, owned by Diamond Pride, Lanni Famly Trust or Mercedes Stables, will once again have Chantal Sutherland in the tack as they take on nine rivals in the mile and one-quarter test that is the seaside track’s richest and most prestigious of its 75th anniversary year. Sutherland, who already has won five major stakes on the Kentucky-bred, will try for another and in the process attempt to become the first female rider to pull off the Southern California “triple” of the Santa Anita Handicap, the Hollywood Gold Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic.





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Dhaamer, Interaction Top Del Mar ‘Cap Field


Irish-bred Dhaamer and Argentine import Interaction, both major stakes-winners in their careers, will pack co-highweight of 120 pounds Saturday (Aug. 25) in Del Mar’s most historic stakes event, the 73rd running of the Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Handicap at a mile and three-eighths over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

The Del Mar Handicap is a “Win and You’re In” event in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series wherein the winner Saturday will automatically earn a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Saturday, November 3.





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Wednesday, August 22 2012


Del Mar Stable Notes—August 22, 2012


DULLAHAN SETTLES IN WELL FOR TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC WEEK

Blue Grass Stakes winner Dullahan shipped in from Kentucky with no problems on Sunday, and has acclimated well to his new surroundings during his first 72 hours at Del Mar.

That was the report Wednesday morning from Tammy Fox, former jockey turned exercise rider, wife of trainer Dale Romans and the woman in charge of Dullahan’s preparations for Sunday’s $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic.





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Monday, August 20 2012


Winding Way Wins Rancho Bernardo


Favored Winding Way, with Rafael Bejarano aboard for his tenth stakes victory of the season, gave her backers serious reason for concern when she broke a distant last in Sunday’s featured $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, a 6 ½ furlong sprint for older fillies and mares.

Not to worry, however, as the brilliant, undefeated daughter of Malibu Moon, the only three-year-old in the field, rallied widest of all in the stretch to run past pacesetting Sugarinthemorning in the final sixteenth and win by a half-length going away in a most impressive performance. As a result of her slow beginning, Winding Way was 9 ½ lengths in arrears after a quarter-mile, in stark contrast to her two previous races which she led from start to finish.





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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 19, 2012


NEW OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT FOR RICHARD’S KID

Richard’s Kid, two-time winner of the TVG Pacific Classic, was sold privately Saturday to a five-party group and shifted from the barn of trainer Bob Baffert to that of Doug O’Neill. The selling price was undisclosed for the 7-year-old horse by Lemon Drop Kid, a winner of 11 races and more than $1.9-million.

The new ownership group is led by Paul Sr., Paul Jr., and Christopher Boghossian’s Triple B Farms and also consists of Mark Verge of Westside Rentals, Dave Kenny, Steve Keh and Danny Kramer.





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Sunday, August 19 2012


Lady Of Shamrock Wins Del Mar Oaks


Even-money favored Lady of Shamrock, strengthening her claim as America’s best three-year-old filly competing on grass, rallied from last-place under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to score a narrow but convincing victory in the featured Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks Saturday.

Allowed to trail her eight rivals until the far turn, the John Sadler-trained filly surged into contention on the far outside entering the stretch and outfinished the surprising 43-1 longshot Stormy Lucy in winning by a half-length.





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Saturday, August 18 2012


Baffert Has Three In Search Of A Fourth Pacific Classic Title


Bob Baffert has three to get ready if he’s going to have four to show in the way of TVG Pacific Classic victories after Del Mar’s $1 million signature event of the summer meeting is renewed Sunday, August 26.

The Hall of Fame trainer, Del Mar’s all-time leader for stakes victories with 97 and counting through Baffertthe first four weeks of the meeting, has nominated 2012 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Game On Dude, two-time Classic champion Richard’s Kid and the resurgent Jaycito for the 22nd running of the 1 ¼-mile race. If all three answer the call to post, it will be only the third time that a trainer has had that many representatives in a race.





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Lady Ten Wins Sandy Blue ‘Cap


In an exciting, blanket finish, Mercedes Stable’s Lady Ten and jockey Rafael Bejarano proved strongest at the wire to win Friday’s featured $88,100 Sandy Blue Handicap for three-year-old fillies.

Lady Ten, trained by Bob Baffert, prevailed by a neck over Graser, with Cozze Up Lady a half-length farther back in third and a nose in front of the rallying 3-2 favorite.





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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 17, 2012


FAMILIARITY, AND FACTS, BREED CONFIDENCE IN LADY OF SHAMROCK

Lady of Shamrock enters Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks with three stakes victories in her last four starts, two of them graded events with the most recent being the Grade I American Oaks on July 14 at Hollywood Park.

The second, third and fifth-place finishers in the American Oaks -- My Gi Gi, Best Present Ever and Stormy Lucy – are among eight rivals in the 1 1/8-mile turf event for which Lady of Shamrock is the 8-5 morning line favorite.





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Monday, August 13 2012


On-Track Handle Continues to Show Way As Del Mar Finishes Week Four


On-track handle continued to show a solid positive for the race meet at Del Mar as Week Four of the seven-week session went into the books at the seaside course on Sunday evening.

With a rise of more than $4.4 million in wagers, the track could boast a 10.6% increase in money bet on site as day 20 of the 37-day session concluded.





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City To City Wins John C. Mabee Stakes


Stretch-running City to City provided jockey Corey Nakatani with his third triumph of the afternoon as she rallied in the stretch to nose out hard-luck All Star Heart in the final stride in the featured Grade II $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes for older fillies and mares Sunday.

City to City, winner of the 2011 Palomar Handicap at Del Mar, charged from fifth in the early running to get up at the wire in the mile and one-eighth contest over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.





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