Friday, August 14 2009

Empressive Lady Inherits Del Mar Victory

Michael House's Empressive Lady, longest shot in the field at 16-1 under jockey Aaron Gryder, was placed first in the featured $62,000 American Technologies Purse Thursday when original winner Cape of Bradford was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch.

Cape of Bradford, with talented apprentice Christian Santiago Reyes in the saddle, reached the wire a half-length in front of Empressive Lady but was disqualified and dropped to the runner-up spot for swerving out in the stretch and interfering with Empressive Lady.

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Thursday, August 13 2009

Del Mar Stable Notes 8/13/09


Headed by 2008 Del Mar Oaks winner Magical Fantasy, riding a two-race win skein, 10 fillies and mares are ready for a competitive run Sunday in the 52nd edition of the Grade I John C. Mabee Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

The winner gets an automatic bid to the $2 million Emirates Airlines Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf as part of the "Win and You're In" program of specially designated races. The race will be run Friday, November 6.

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Hot ‘N Dusty Wins Del Mar Feature

Hot 'n Dusty, the 2-1 second choice under jockey Alex Solis, rallied from last place and took the lead in deep stretch to win the featured $70,000 HUSA Purse, a one-mile race for older fillies and mares over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, Wednesday before 13,690 fans.

The daughter of top California stallion Unusual Heat outfinished Flashover to win by three-quarters of a length in a fast 1:33.99 for once-around the inner grass oval.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 8/9/12


Will the staid halls of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame be able to withstand the ebullience that no doubt will fill the air as the irrepressible Bob Baffert and the down-to-earth, quintessential Middle American Mike Pegram hear their names called Friday?

Baffert will be inducted on the strength of his body of work as a Thoroughbred trainer over the past 25 years, and Pegram will listen as the exploits of his super filly, Silverbulletday, a three-time Eclipse Award winner, are detailed as she is enshrined in the contemporary female category.

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Monday, August 10 2009

It’s Not ‘Beisbol,’ But Dominican Rosario Is Quite A Hit

In a country where "beisbol" is king, there’s little call for a 5-foot-2, 109-pounder to step up and take his swings with the bat.

But if Joel Rosario continues to take his swings with his riding crops, Dominican sports fans are probably going to have to find a spot among the Caribbean country's sports heroes for the powerful little guy from Santo Domingo.

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Zenyatta Wins, But Barely, in Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss’ distaff champion Zenyatta, unbeaten in 11 races, maintained her perfect record today, but just barely as she got up in the final strides to win the featured $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes over longshot Anabaa’s Creation.

With regular rider Mike Smith in the saddle, the brilliant five-year-old daughter of Street Cry dropped back to last in customary fashion in the early stages of the mile and one-sixteenth, rallied powerfully into the stretch but it was only in the last jumps that she was able to reach the front of a stubborn Anabaa’s Creation, a 22-1 outsider ridden by Tyler Baze.

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Best Pal Stakes Stakes

GARRETT GOMEZ (Lookin At Lucky) – “Bob (trainer Bob Baffert) said he wanted to see this colt prove himself. Let him do his thing as he can. You saw him come back from this. He wasn’t frazzled, or anything like that. He looked like he’d gone out and jogged a mile. He’s very laid back. He’ll handle a distance, too. He’s a nice horse and I think he’s only going to get better.”

TYLER BAZE (Make Music for Me) – “That was a nice move he made around the turn and it tells you what kind of horse he’s going to be. He’s special. I worked him the other morning and I was really impressed. And he really doesn’t know what he’s doing yet. He’s going to go on from here. He’s a Futurity horse.”

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Del Mar Stable Notes 8/9/09


Briecat, Patricia’s Gem and Hot n’ Dusty chose not to tackle the unbeaten Zenyatta in today’s Grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, paring the field to seven and leaving the 11-for-11 champion mare only six foes to deal with as she seeks to run her record to a dozen wins.

The three defectors now will take aim on other races in the upcoming week. Hot n’ Dusty is scheduled to run Wednesday in an allowance/optional claiming event at a mile on the turf.

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Sunday, August 09 2009

Del Mar Stable Notes 8/8/09


Seven early commitments indicate a full field is probable for next Sunday’s 52nd running of the Grade I, $350,000 John C. Mabee Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Heading the early list is 2008 Del Mar Oaks victress Magical Fantasy, who comes to the Mabee from consecutive wins in Santa Anita’s Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap and Hollywood Park’s Grade I Gamely for trainer Patrick Gallagher.

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Saturday, August 08 2009

Mi Sueno Wins Sorrento Stakes

Mi Sueno, second in two maiden races at Hollywood Park this summer, won the first race of her career in scintillating style Friday with an impressive triumph in the featured $150,000 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

With Michael Baze in the saddle, Mi Sueno swept to the front from the outside entering the stretch and drew off late to tally by 6 1/2 lengths in a fast 1:16.40 for the 6 1/2 furlongs.

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Friday, August 07 2009

Del Mar Stable Notes 8/7/09


It’s not even a cat-and-mouse game when strategy is considered in a race against the so-far unbeatable Zenyatta.

To this point, it’s been basically just a matter of when the big train is going to switch into high gear, regardless of how the race develops. Historically, she just swoops around the field and barrels home to score in a solid manner.

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Russian Liquor, Rosario Win Del Mar Feature

Joel Rosario, seeking to cement his newly-earned status as one of the Southern California circuit’s top jockeys after winning the title at Hollywood Park, rode two winners Thursday at Del Mar to edge ahead of rival Tyler Baze for the number one position in the standings.

Rosario, hard-riding 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic, won Thursday’s sixth race aboard Craig’s Storm for a $7.20 payoff, then followed in the next event with a wire-to-wire triumph on Russian Liquor at $7.40. It was his 17th victory of the season, one more than Baze, who scored with Deceptively at $5.40 in the fourth.

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