Tuesday, September 06 2016

Del Mar’s 77th Summer Season Races to a Solid Finish

Highlighted by its most successful single day ever, by a sparkling parade of stakes races and by a continuing enhancement of its reputation as a sporting/entertainment venue without peer in the west, Del Mar raced to an uplifting finish to its 77th summer season Monday.

The quality rich stakes schedule concluded with Klimt smartly winning the Grade I Del Mar Futurity – the race that has produced the last three winners of the Kentucky Derby.

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Sunday, July 31 2016

Stellar Wind Stuns Beholder in Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

In a stunning upset, Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind, the Eclipse Award winner as champion three-year-old filly of 2015, outran 1-9 favored Beholder in the stretch to win the featured $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Saturday at Del Mar.

Beholder, a three-time Eclipse Award champion and widely considered one of the truly outstanding female runners of recent years, suffered her first defeat in more than two years as Stellar Wind and jockey Victor Espinoza stalked their vaunted rival from the start of the mile and one-sixteenth race, never allowing Beholder and her Hall of Fame pilot Gary Stevens to get more than a length away.

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Friday, July 29 2016

Lord Nelson Heads Field in Bing Crosby Stakes Sunday

Spendthrift Farm’s classy Lord Nelson, recent winner of the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita, will attempt to continue building on his reputation Sunday when he heads a field of nine sprinters in the 71st running of the Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs.

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Wednesday, September 19 2012

Hall of Fame Trainer Jonathan Sheppard notches career win 3,000

Wilmington, Del., September 17, 2012 — Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard notched his 3,000th career victory at Delaware Park today. The milestone win came in the seventh race when Augustin Stable’s Fugitive Angel won a seven-and-a-half-furlong turf allowance by a neck over six rivals.

“It feels good to get the milestone victory and it was nice that happened at Delaware Park,” said Sheppard.

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Add $1.46-Million In Retro Pay To Record Del Mar Purses

Del Mar’s horsemen earned an extra 10% payment on top of already record-breaking purse payouts as final figures became available for the track’s 2012 summer racing season. Meeting Friday, the Thoroughbred Owners of California’s board of directors approved the additional payout, which totaled $1,466,532.

Strong betting numbers throughout the 37-day Del Mar meet translated into a record daily average purse payment of $687,000 per afternoon, a solid boost of 9.6% over last year’s previous highest-ever daily purse payments of $626,951.

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Thursday, September 06 2012

Dullahan Voted Horse of 2012 Meeting

Dullahan, who shipped in from Churchill Downs for Donegal Racing Inc. and trainer Dale Romans to win Del Mar’s $1 million Pacific Classic, was named Horse of the Meeting for 2012 by vote of the media.

Ridden by Joel Rosario , Dullahan, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Even The Score, prevailed over favored Game On Dude, the No. 1 handicap horse in the country, by a half-length in Polytrack record time of 1:59.54 for 1 ¼ miles. Dullahan was also voted top 3-year-old of the meeting.

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Record Purses, Big Fields, Handle Increases Highlight 2012 Del Mar Meeting

Del Mar finished up a sparkling summer run Wednesday, closing out a 37-day season with a rush not quite like any it has had before.

With strong numbers rung up for purses, field size and handle, the seaside oval was happy to take a bow as it concluded its 75th anniversary year with pluses in virtually every category, some of them of the husky double-digit variety.

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Bejarano, Miller Win Jockey, Trainer Titles

At mid-season, pursuit of the 2012 riding championship was a three-way battle among Rafael Bejarano, Garrett Gomez and Joe Talamo.

A short time later, with a burst of victories, Bejarano was alone and in control atop the standings en route to his second Del Mar title and first since 2008.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—September 5, 2012


Horsemen’s parting thoughts collected on the final morning of the 75th anniversary Del Mar meeting:

Richard Mandella, Hall of Fame trainer -- “I can’t believe the meet is over. Seems like we just unpacked. The older I get the faster it goes by. I love it here and it’s a shame we don’t get to stay longer.

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Tuesday, September 04 2012

Del Mar Stable Notes—September 3, 2012


Patrick Biancone has won stakes races at tracks on three different continents, but Del Mar is not on the list. Biancone, 60, is not averse to the idea of running females against males and did so, most notably, when All Along won the 1983 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in his native France, en route to Horse of the Year honors in both the U.S. and France.

So it shouldn’t be all that surprising, and it wouldn’t be inappropriate, if Biancone got his first stakes victory at the track in Wednesday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity when he sends out the filly Switch to the Lead against 11 males in the traditional closing day feature which determines the meeting’s 2-year-old champion.

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Halo Dolly Wins Yellow Ribbon ‘Cap

Four-year-old filly Halo Dolly, a confirmed front-runner until this summer at Del Mar, utilized her new come-from-behind style to maximum effectiveness Monday with a going-away victory in the featured Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap for older fillies and mares.

Rallying from mid-pack under the red-hot Joe Talamo, Halo Dolly charged into command in the stretch and went on to score by 1 ¼ lengths over City to City, the 2011 winner of the race under its former name, the Palomar Handicap.

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Monday, September 03 2012

Del Mar Stable Notes—September 2, 2012


With a name change of one stakes race and the introduction of two new ones, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be acknowledging, and solidifying, a partnership with the Oak Tree Racing Association in the final two days of the meeting on Monday and Wednesday.

On Labor Day, the featured event is the Grade II $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap. Called the Palomar Handicap from 1945-2011, the 1 1/16th-mile grass event for older fillies and mares takes over the moniker of a 1 1/4-mile turf event run at the fall meeting by the Oak Tree Association during its 41-year tenure of leasing the Santa Anita facility for a fall meeting.

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