Saturday, August 18 2012

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


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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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 12, 2012


A four-day suspension incurred by Chantal Sutherland while riding in an international team event on Saturday at Ascot, England, to be served August 25-28, may jeopardize her participation in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic as the regular jockey for Game On Dude.

Sutherland was among several high-profile jockeys who were penalized by Ascot stewards for infractions of that country’s rules regarding the use of whips. Other riders given four-day suspensions were Cristian Demuro of Italy and Yutaka Take of Japan.

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Saturday, August 11 2012

Nechez Dawn Wins Daisycutter ‘Cap

Midwestern invader Nechez Dawn, competing at her fourth track in her four-race career, led from wire-to-wire Friday under jockey Edwin Maldonado to win the featured $97,670 Daisycutter Handicap for older fillies and mares at five furlongs over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Nechez Dawn, a winner of two of three previous starts this year while campaigning at Gulfstream Park, Keeneland and Arlington Park, sped into command shortly after the start and led throughout despite bearing out around the far turn and through the stretch.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 10, 2012


Jeff Mullins-trained Chips All In was a close-up second, edged near the wire by Bob Baffert’s Midnight Crooner, in the first division of the Oceanside Stakes on the Opening Day of the meeting, July 18.

There’ll be no rematch in Saturday’s Grade II $150,000 La Jolla Handicap, the second in the three-race stakes series for three-year-old males at the meeting. Midnight Crooner is being saved for the series finale, the $300,000 Grade II Del Mar Derby on Sunday, September 2.

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Friday, August 10 2012

Del Mar Stable Notes—August 9, 2012


Richard’s Kid, Acclamation and Interaction, three primary candidates for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 26, put in workouts this morning preparatory to the meeting’s signature event.

Bob Baffert-trained Richard’s Kid was the first to go. With jockey Rafael Bejarano up, Richard’s Kid, winner of the 2009 and 2010 runnings of the 1 ¼-mile main track event, went five furlongs in :59.80 and galloped out to three-quarters in 1:13.00.

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Thursday, August 09 2012

Five Tussle on Turf in Saturday’s La Jolla

Five sophomore runners will match up over a mile and one-sixteenth Saturday on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course as Del Mar presents the 72nd edition of the La Jolla Handicap.

Topping the Grade II headliner that offers a purse of $150,000 is Currin and Eisman’s My Best Brother, the half-length winner of the second division of the Oceanside Stakes on the Del Mar lawn on opening day, July 18. The homebred bay colt by Stormy Atlantic once again will have the saddle services of Martin Garcia as he carries topweight of 121 pounds in the 8-1/2 furlong feature.

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Executiveprivilege Wins Sorrento Stakes

Pegram, Watson and Weitman’s Executiveprivilege, the 2-5 favorite under Rafael Bejarano, made it three-for-three in her brief career Wednesday with a workmanlike victory in the featured Grade III $150,000 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

Prominent from the start of the 6 ½ furlong sprint, Executiveprivilege asserted her superiority at the head of the stretch in taking command and kept to her task in winning by a length and one-quarter in 1:16.98 for the 6 ½ furlongs.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 8, 2012


Know More came out of his debut-race victory in the Grade II $150,000 Best Pal Stakes on Sunday “fantastic,” trainer Doug O’Neill reported Wednesday morning. The plan is to train the 2-year-old son of Lion Heart up to the $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Futurity on the closing day of the meeting, Wednesday, September 5.

“We’ll probably have time for one breeze, but other than that, just real strong gallops,” O’Neill said. “A good gallop for him is the equivalent of a workout for most horses. He’s got a great mind, knows what he’s supposed to do and gets it done.”

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Monday, August 06 2012

Handle Continues Climb, Attendance Up After Week Three

With three full weeks of sport in the books, Del Mar continues on a positive trend as it races right along in its 37-day summer session.

Betting numbers rose again during week three, notably in the on-track handle department where an overall plus for the meet of $3,297,353 has been recorded, equating to a 10.3% rise in money bet.

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