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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Del Mar Stable Notes—July 29, 2012


The return to winning ways by Rail Trip in Saturday’s Grade II San Diego Handicap gave a big boost to owner Samantha Siegel , trainer Ron Ellis, and the entire Ellis stable.

It was the first victory for Rail Trip, a 7-year-old gelded son of Jump Start, in more than two years and the first in three starts since the 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup winner was returned to Ellis’ care late in 2011 after an unsuccessful 13-month campaign in the East.

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Saturday, July 28 2012

Richard’s Kid Romps In Cougar II ‘Cap

Zabeel Racing International’s seven-year-old Richard’s Kid, two-time winner of Del Mar’s signature race of the summer season, the $1 million Pacific Classic in 2009 and 2010, but winless in two tries to win the Cougar II Handicap, rectified that situation Friday with an impressive triumph in the mile and one-half marathon.

Patiently handled by jockey Rafael Bejarano, Richard’s Kid, carrying highweight of 123 pounds as the overwhelming 2-5 favorite, loped along in fifth place during the early stages of the lengthy contest, was swung out for room turning into the stretch the final time and powered away easily to win by 1 ½ lengths.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—July 27, 2012

It has been nearly three years since Rail Trip made his only Del Mar start. That was the 2009 Pacific Classic when Rail Trip, then considered one of the top handicap horses in the country, was beaten as the 5-2 favorite, finishing third behind Richard’s Kid.

Trainer Ron Ellis, who has had the one-time stable star back in his care for around seven months, will send out an older and adversity-experienced Rail Trip in a different race on Saturday – the Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap – with an open mind.

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