Monday, August 13 2012

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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Know More Wins Best Pal In Debut

Owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O”Neill, who gained national attention this spring through the exploits of star three-year-old I”ll Have Another, unveiled another outstanding prospect Sunday when Know More, a two-year-old colt making the first start of his life, won the featured $150,000 Best Pal Stakes.

With Garrett Gomez in the saddle for his career debut, Know More, sent postward at 8-1, wore down Heir Kitty in the final sixteenth to win by a half-length in 1:16.14 for the 6 ½ furlongs over the main track, running his final sixteenth in slightly less than six seconds. Miss Empire was third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Heir Kitty and the same margin in front of Heir of Storm in the field of eight two-year-olds. Heir Kitty and Miss Empire are fillies trained by Peter Miller.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 5, 2012


Like Noah with the ark, trainer Peter Miller is loading up by twos for the major 2-year-old stakes in the next two racing days for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

And all four of Miller’s entrants – Miss Empire and Heir Kitty in today’s $150,000 Grade II Best Pal , Speedinthruthecity and Bares Tripper in Wednesday’s $150,000, Grade III Sorrento Stakes, are of the female gender.

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Sunday, August 05 2012

Include Me Out Hangs On To Win Hirsch Stakes

Jay Em Ess Stable’s Include Me Out, with Joe Talamo in the saddle, made amends for her upset defeat in the Vanity Handicap at odds-on in mid-June with a hard-earned victory in Saturday’s featured Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes for older fillies and mares.

Given a well-timed ride by regular pilot Talamo, Include Me Not went to the lead in the upper stretch and then was forced to go all-out to hold off the late charge of Star Billing and Rafael Bejarano, winning by a neck in fast 1:41.96 for the mile and one-sixteenth over the main track.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 4, 2012


Amarish went into the Grade III, $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship on July 14 at Hollywood Park undefeated (2-for-2), with a combined victory margin of 12 ¼ lengths. The Jeff Bonde-trained 2-year-old had always been favored (6-5 and 7-10) and had never been more than a head away from the lead at an interim milepost in either race.

Six furlongs of the Hollywood Juvenile later , the Kentucky-bred Scat Daddy gelding, a $200,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale in March, was a shocking sixth of seven as the 2-5 favorite, beaten 9 ½ lengths by former $50,000 claimer Scherer Magic.

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