Monday, August 27 2012

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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Obviously Wins Del Mar Mile In Course Record Time

Irish-bred Obviously, the even-money favorite under hot riding Joe Talamo, held on – barely – in a desperate finish to nose out rallying Mr. Commons to win the Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile in course record time of 1:32.10 Sunday.

Obviously was comfortably in front from the start of the once-around event over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, but was all out to ward off the flying finish of Mr. Commons, who charged from last place under Brice Blanc to just miss. It marked the second straight year that an unlucky Mr. Commons was beaten a nose in the Del Mar Mile. Last year, it was Caracortado who defeated him.

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Capital Account Wins Pat O’Brien Stakes

Rallying from off the pace under a well-timed ride by jockey David Flores, Capital Account wore down stablemate Coil in the final furlong to win the Grade II

$250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes Sunday, the day of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 26, 2012


We read through the press kit for today’s 22nd running of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (to save PC logoyou the time and bother, no thanks necessary) and came up with the following. In post position order.

If Rail Trip wins: It would be the crowning moment in an excellent meeting for trainer Ron Ellis who has already won the San Diego Handicap with Rail Trip, Clement L. Hirsch with Include Me Out and Saturday’s Del Mar Handicap with Casino Host … Would put jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr., and owner Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable in the Pacific Classic winner’s circle for the first time in four, and two, tries respectively … Would make Rail Trip, 7, the oldest Classic champion, surpassing Pleasantly Perfect, who won it at six in 2004.

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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


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


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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