Friday, September 02 2011

Hopeful Union, ‘P.Val’ Win Del Mar Feature

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, hero of last Sunday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic aboard victorious Acclamation, returned to the winner’s circle Thursday after guiding home Hopeful Union in the featured $65,000 FedEx Purse.

Taking command shortly after turning onto the backstretch, Hopeful Union shook off a challenge from Capital Plan entering the stretch to go on and score by 1 ¼ lengths in the mile contest over Del Mar’s main track.

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Thursday, September 01 2011

Del Mar Stable Notes 9/1/11


With victories in the Cinderella and Landaluce Stakes in her first two starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Killer Graces was a unanimous choice for the 2-year-old filly of the meeting honor of the Hollywood Park spring/summer meeting.

Saturday, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Congaree could make amends for a setback in the Sorrento Stakes and secure the divisional title at Del Mar with a victory in the $250,000 Grade I Del Mar Debutante.

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Heleonor Rugby Wins Generous Portion Stakes

Heleonor Rugby and jockey Christian Santiago Reyes won their second stakes race of the 2011 Del Mar racing season with a decisive triumph in Wednesday’s featured $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes for California-bred two-year-old fillies.

Heleonor Rugby, victress in the C.T.B.A. Stakes on July 22, saved ground while moving into strong contention on the final turn, engaged front-running Roar Baby Roar in deep stretch and drove to a one-length win in 1:10.21. Roar Baby Roar held on gamely to nose out 9-5 favored Lookin for Jonesy for second with 3-1 second choice Starlight Magic finishing well for fourth in the field of seven fillies.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 8/31/11


Pacific Classic winner Acclamation went back to the track on Wednesday morning, less than 72 hours after his wire-to-wire victory in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic.

And the feeling of satisfaction over Acclamation’s accomplishments – becoming the first horse in the country to win three Grade I stakes in 2011, the first to win both the Eddie Read Stakes and Pacific Classic, and the sixth California bred to take Del Mar’s signature event – was still palpable in the barn area of trainer Don Warren.

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Tuesday, August 30 2011

Del Mar Stable Notes 8/28/11


We read through the press kit for today’s 21st running of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (to save you the time and bother, no thanks necessary) and came up with the following. In post position order.

If Don Cavallo wins the Classic – It would be fitting for friends and fans of the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, winner of a record six Pacific Classics, since it was in Frankel’s barn where Don Cavallo started his career … It would be a first Pacific Classic win for owner Frank Stronach who has had entrants in five previous Classics either alone or in partnership.

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Sunday, August 28 2011

Celtic New Year Wins Del Mar Handicap

Michael Jawl’s Celtic New Year, lightly-weighted at 114 pounds under jockey Victor Espinoza, fought off the stretch challenge of Bourbon Bay, the 121 pound highweight and 3-5 favorite, to win the 72nd running of the Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Handicap Sunday, the day of the $1 million Pacific Classic.

Celtic New Year, sent to the gate at 9-2 in the field of six older Thoroughbreds, displayed his determination in winning by a head over Bourbon Bay, piloted by Joe Talamo. Third, only a head farther back, was the fast-closing Imponente Purse, with Chantal Sutherland aboard.

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Acclamation, Valenzuela Win Pacific Classic

California-bred Acclamation, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, winner of the inaugural Pacific Classic twenty years ago aboard another Cal-Bred, Best Pal, led from wire-to-wire Sunday under masterful handling to win the 21st running of Del Mar’s $1 million signature event.

Acclamation, sent postward at 4-1 in the field nine older horses, took command leaving the gate of the Grade I mile and one-quarter contest, shook off the stalking Game on Dude at the head of the stretch and then courageously withstood the lengthy challenge of 5-2 favored Twirling Candy, scoring by a head.

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Thursday, August 25 2011

Twirling Candy Favored In Field Of 11 For Pacific Classic

Twirling Candy drew post position 10 and was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the 21st running of the $1 Million Pacific Classic, Del Mar’s signature race, on Sunday, August 28.

Twirling Candy, owned by Jenny Craig, Marty Wygod and William S. Farish and to be ridden by Joel Rosario, was a narrow choice by track oddsmaker Russ Hudak over Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude. Owned by Diamond Pride LLC, the Lanni Family Trust and Mercedes Stable, Game On Dude will be ridden by Chantal Sutherland and was listed at 3-1 in the morning line.

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John Johny Jak Wins Brubaker Stakes

Kratz Racing, LLC’s John Johny Jak, ridden by two-time Del Mar champion Joel Rosario, barely held on in the final strides to win by the narrowest of margins, a nose, over an onrushing Norvsky, the 8-5 favorite, in Wednesday’s featured $99,390 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes before 13.296 fans.

John Johny Jak, always well-placed by Rosario in the mile and one-sixteenth contest over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, took the lead in the stretch but then was forced to go all out to defeat Norvsky, piloted by Rafael Bejarano.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 8/24/2011


Eleven horses have been entered in Sunday’s 21st running of the Grade I, $1 million Pacific Classic and they will receive their stall assignments at the post position draw tonight at the Rancho Valencia Resort.

The eleven, in alphabetical order, are Acclamation (Patrick Valenzuela), Bourbon Bay (Joe Talamo), Don Cavallo (Luis Contreras), Game On Dude (Chantal Sutherland), Great Warrior (Omar Berrio), Jeranimo (Martin Pedroza), Quindici Man (Martin Garcia), Setsuko (Victor Espinoza), Stately Victor (Mike Smith), Tres Borrachos (Rafael Bejarano) and Twirling Candy (Joel Rosario).

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Monday, August 22 2011

Tanda Romps In Rancho Bernardo ‘Cap

Favored Tanda, making her first start for Del Mar’s new all-time winningest trainer, Mike Mitchell, came through as anticipated Sunday, capturing the featured $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap under jockey Joe Talamo.

Tanda, sent postward the 7-5 betting choice, rallied three-wide to take command turning into the stretch and held sway to the wire, scoring by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:15.34 for the 6 ½ furlongs over Del Mar’s main track.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 8/21/2011


With ownership partners Jenny Craig and Marty Wygod looking on from a grandstand box, potential Pacific Classic favorite Twirling Candy worked a mile in 1:37 4/5 over the main track Sunday morning with jockey Joel Rosario in the irons.

Twirling Candy, a 4-year-old son of 2003 Pacific Classic winner Candy Ride, broke off eight lengths behind a stablemate and finished five in front, making an inside move in the stretch.

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