Monday, July 30 2012

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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Friday, July 27 2012

Del Mar Stable Notes—July 26, 2012


Trainer Kristin Mulhall definitely will follow the equestrian competition at the London Olympic Games when they start Friday. She says she’ll probably watch some other events that are on when she happens to be in front of a TV.

And the thought is likely to cross her mind that she might be a representative of the USA on that equestrian team, and getting up close and personal looks at the athletes from around the world in some future Olympics.

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Thursday, July 26 2012

Suggestive Boy Wins Wickerr Stakes

Argentine-bred Suggestive Boy, the 4-5 favorite after a sparkling runner-up finish to Jeranimo in his American debut in the Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park June 30, rallied courageously between horses in midstretch and went on to win the featured $88,700 Wickerr Stakes Wednesday at Del Mar.

With Joe Talamo in the saddle, Suggestive Boy outfinished the 2011 Wickerr winner, Calimonco, by three-quarters of a length, with Key Decision another three-quarters of a length back in third. Midnight Interlude was fourth in the field of seven older horses. Liberian Freighter and Rauschenberg were scratched.

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Richard’s Kid Makes Del Mar Return In Cougar II

Two-time TVG Pacific Classic winner Richard’s Kid is scheduled to make his first Del Mar start in nearly two years in the Grade III, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap on Friday (July 26).

A field of six was entered for the 1 ½-mile marathon on the Polytrack main racing surface.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—July 25, 2012


Jockey Rafael Bejarano is not No. 1 in the rider standings after the first week of the Del Mar Thorougbred Club meeting. Garrett Gomez was the hot jock of the first five days, notching 10 wins, three more than Bejarano.

But of the seven opening-week stakes events (counting the split Oceanside on Opening Day as two), Bejarano won four.

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Monday, July 23 2012

Handle Solidly Up After First Week Of Del Mar Session

Healthy handle numbers rang up across the board as Del Mar opened its 75th anniversary season with five days of racing from Wednesday (7/18) through Sunday (7/22).

On-track handle was strongest of all, showing an 8% gain over 2011 with a daily average figure of $2,649,568. Also up was Southern California ITW and ADW handle by 2.4% at an average of $3,623,918, while out-of-state handle also rose by 1.9% to a figure of $5,470,061. Overall, the seaside facility realized a wagering gain of 2.4% with a daily average handle of $12,227,863.

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Eden’s Moon Wins San Clemente ‘Cap

Kaleem Shah’s Eden’s Moon, considered one of the top three-year-old fillies in America until a disappointing performance in the Kentucky Oaks, revealed a new dimension to her talent Sunday as she made a grass debut a winning one with a wire-to-wire victory in the featured $150,000 San Clemente Handicap.

Sent to the gate at 4-5 under jockey Rafael Bejarano, Eden’s Moon took charge leaving the gate and never looked back in winning by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:34.38 for the mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

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Wednesday, July 18 2012

Del Mar Stable Notes Tuesday, July 17


The 12-stall starting gate for the 75th anniversary racing season arrived Monday around 2 p.m. Its escort, on the way down from Santa Anita, was the man who’ll spring it about 333 times in the course of the meeting which starts Wednesday.

John Lopez, who’ll take over the job this season while 14-year Del Mar starter Gary Brinson deals with family matters, was part of the transportation team that brought the gate south. The gate had been given a 2 ½ month hiatus after the Santa Anita meeting ended. In his spare time Lopez did maintenance and refurbishment work on it, not knowing it would be the major piece of equipment he’d need when called upon to fill the starter’s role.

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Tuesday, July 17 2012

Del Mar Ready To Sparkle In Diamond Anniversary Season

Unlike diamonds themselves, Diamond Anniversaries aren’t forever.

So the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, boasting a well-established reputation for knowing how to party, intends to make the most of a milestone summer season marking the 75-year existence of the track “Where The Turf Meets The Surf.”

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