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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Wednesday, April 18 2012

$7,775,000 in Stakes Purses Highlight Del Mar’s 75th Year

Highlighted by seven Grade I races, two new juvenile events on the grass and notable purse increases to 10 of its major offerings, Del Mar will present a robust summer schedule of 33 “advertised” and 10 “overnight” stakes with a total value of $7,775,000 during its highly anticipated 37-day race meeting.

The seaside track, founded by entertainment icon Bing Crosby in 1937, will be celebrating the anniversary of its 75th year during its July 18 to September 5 stand. And as it has for the past three seasons, it will conduct its racing on a Wednesday through Sunday basis with an additional day of sport on Labor Day Monday, September 3.

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Thursday, September 08 2011

Del Mar Final Statistics 2011



Total attendance..............................................................................660,245
Daily average..................................................................................... 17,844
Total attendance, 2010................................................................... 662,521
Daily average, 2010........................................................................... 17,906

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Acclamation’s 2011 Triple Includes Horse Of Meeting

The unprecedented accomplishments of Acclamation prompted voters in the annual media poll to make the five-year-old California-bred son of Unusual Heat a champion of the 72nd Del Mar summer season in three categories, topped by Horse of the Meeting.

From winning both the Grade I Eddie Read Handicap on grass and the Grade I TVG $1 million Pacific Classic on the Polytrack main course, Acclamation was a unanimous selection as Horse of the Meeting and top older horse and a near-unanimous choice as top grass horse.

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Johnstons/Glenn Hill Take Owner Honors

Veteran California owner-breeders Bud and Judy Johnston, along with their daughter and son-in-law – Mary and Peter Hilvers – rode their stable star Acclamation to honors among owners at the 2011 Del Mar meeting with earnings of $780,000, easily the top figure during the 37-day stand.

Acclamation, the 5-year-old son of Unusual Heat who was bred on the Johnstons Old English Rancho in Sanger, CA, accounted for all of the owners’ money with a pair of Grade I wins in the Eddie Read Handicap and the TVG Pacific Classic.

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