Monday, August 06 2012

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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Saturday, August 04 2012

Unusual Heatwave, Bejarano Win Real Deal Good Stakes

Given a typically rousing ride by jockey Rafael Bejarano, Unusual Heatwave rallied from next-to-last in a field of seven California-bred three-year-olds to win the featured $200,000 Real Good Stakes at Del Mar Friday.

Unusual Heatwave, sent postward the third choice at 3-1, saved ground around the final turn, was steered outside two horses for clear running room by Bejarano in the upper stretch, wore down Rousing Sermon in the final sixteenth and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:22.35 for the seven furlongs over the main track.

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Friday, August 03 2012

Talamo Wins Five, Including Feature

Joe Talamo threw his hat in the ring as far as who’s going to be leading rider this summer at Del Mar Thursday when he booted in five winners, including a brilliant performance by Irish-bred Obviously in the feature, a one-mile grass contest.

Obviously, owned by Fanticola and Scardino and trained by Mike Mitchell, took command early, set fast fractions and kept going in the stretch to win by five lengths in 1:32.41, missing the course record set by Three Valleys in 2005 by only twenty-hundredths of a second.

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Scherer Magic Tops Best Pal Stakes Line-Up

Scherer Magic, who provided a quick return on investment for owners Gary and Cecil Barber after they claimed him for $50,000 by winning the Hollywood Juvenile Championship a month later, will be trying to build on his burgeoning reputation Sunday when he competes in the Grade II $150,000 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar.

The 42nd running of the 6 ½ furlong Best Pal Stakes attracted a field of eight two-year-olds in the final major steppingstone to the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day of the 2012 meeting Wednesday, September 5

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Del Mar Stable Notes—August 2, 2012


Rousing Sermon steps down from the Grade I and Grade II level of competition he’s been facing through his last six starts to take on seven fellow Cal-breds in Friday’s $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes.

Can he put an Amen to a seven-race losing streak? It probably won’t be too surprising to owner/breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer if the 3-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit-Rousing Again does.

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Include Me Out Heads Field Of Eight In Hirsch Stakes

Jay Em Ess Stable’s Include Me Out, upset as the 3-5 favorite in the Vanity Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in mid-June, will be seeking redemption Saturday when she heads a field of eight older fillies and mares in the 42nd running of the Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.

The Hirsch Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup’s “Win and You’re In” program with the nominated winner of Saturday’s race earning automatic entry into the Ladies Classic at Santa Anita in early November plus the waiving of pre-entry and entry fees and a $10,000 travel stipend.

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Thursday, August 02 2012

Strong Wind Romps In Graduation Stakes

Strong Wind, a speedy son of Tribal Rule ridden by Kevin Krigger, shook off 3-2 favored Law Dog entering the stretch and went on to score an easy, 4 ¼ length triumph in the featured $100,000 Graduation Stakes for California-bred two-year-olds Wednesday.

Showing sharp speed from the break, Strong Wind dueled with Law Dog and opened up once straightened away in the stretch to score in 1:04.14 for the 5 ½ furlongs.

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Wednesday, August 01 2012

Del Mar Stable Notes—August 1, 2012


Not to go all Olympics on you, but if the results of stakes races in the first two weeks of the meeting are looked at as “heats” or “prelims” for the $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 26, then Del Mar’s signature race is going to be one star-studded final.

Acclamation made a successful title defense in the Eddie Read Stakes on July 21, prompting owner Bud Johnston and trainer Don Warren to cite a title defense in the Pacific Classic as a primary goal while leaving open the possibility of going in the Del Mar Handicap on grass one day earlier.

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Monday, July 30 2012

Amazombie Wins Bing Crosby Stakes

Amazombie, the classy six-year-old California-bred gelding, showed again why he was America’s champion sprinter of 2011 with a scintillating victory Sunday in the featured Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes.

Given a perfect stalking trip by his regular rider, Mike Smith, Amazombie, the second choice at 9-5, rallied to the lead in deep stretch and drew out to win by 1 ¼ lengths in a sparkling 1:08.65, fastest six furlongs of the meeting over Del Mar’s Polytrack surface.

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Handle Remains Solid Through Second Week At Del Mar

Handle numbers continued to register well at the Del Mar meet as the track finished its second full week of Thoroughbred sport on Sunday (7/29).

With 10 days of racing in the books, the seaside oval could brag of an on-track betting gain of approximately 8.7% and an overall boost on all wagering of 1.7% when its numbers were compared to its 2011 season.

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