Sunday, August 21 2011

Summer Soiree Wins Del Mar Oaks

Eastern invader Summer Soiree, the 2-1 favorite under regular rider Gabriel Saez in his Del Mar debut, held on desperately in the final strides to win the featured Grade I $250,000 Del Mar Oaks for three-year-old fillies Saturday.

Summer Soiree, trained by Graham Motion, who sent out Animal Kingdom to win the Kentucky Derby last May, sprinted to the lead down the backstretch of the nine-furlong event on the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. She opened a commanding advantage turning into the stretch but then was all-out to win by a half-length over the hard-charging Star Billing and Nereid from the barn of trainer John Shirreffs.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 8/21/11


Sorry about that, Saratoga. Maybe next time, Monmouth.

Saturday morning, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer ruled out the contemplated East Coast trips for champion filly Blind Luck for the Personal Ensign or Molly Pitcher stakes. And while not making a complete commitment to the $1 million Pacific Classic, Del Mar’s signature event, Hollendorfer did cite it as the last possibility of the three races on Sunday, August 28, to which the 4-year-old filly had been nominated.

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Saturday, August 20 2011

Mizdirection Wins Sandy Blue Handicap

Mizdirection, a talented three-year-old filly co-owned by ESPN sportscaster Jim Rome, went wire-to-wire today under jockey Garrett Gomez to win Friday’s featured $90,285 Sandy Blue Handicap as the even-money favorite.

Taking command shortly after the break, Mizdirection, a daughter of Mizzen Mast trained by Mike Puype, continued on gamely in the stretch to win by 3/4 of a length over 5-2 second choice Bauble Queen. Great Hot was third, with Fifth Commandment fourth in the field of six fillies.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 8/19/11


The Grade I, $250,000 American Oaks on July 16 at Hollywood Park concluded in a dead heat between Cambina and Nereid. It was the first dead heat in a Grade 1 race at Hollywood Park in 21 years.

Saturday, in the Grade I, $250,000 Del Mar Oaks, the co-winners and three others from the six-horse American Oaks field will be joined by standout east coast invader Summer Soiree and the 1-3 finishers from the Oaks-prep San Clemente Handicap in a field of 10 for what promises to be an intriguing 55th running of the 1 1/8 mile turf event.

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Thursday, August 18 2011

Rosario Wins Del Mar Feature

Joel Rosario, seeking his third straight Del Mar riding title, narrowly escaped injury Thursday in a mid-program spill, but came back in the featured seventh race at five furlongs on the grass to win aboard outsider Bailouttheminister.

Rosario, 26-year-old saddle star from the Dominican Republic, was unseated in the stretch of the fifth race, a one-mile turf event, when his mount, Ali’s Lake, suffered a catastrophic injury to her right foreleg.

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Del Mar Stable Notes—8/18/11


Kentucky Derby-winning trainer H. Graham Motion made a one-day, in-and-out appearance at Del Mar to saddle Smart Bid to a fourth-place finish in the Eddie Read Stakes on Saturday, July 23.

One month later the conditioner of Animal Kingdom will be back again to send out Summer Soiree in Saturday’s $250,000 Grade I Del Mar Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile turf run which has drawn a capacity field of 10 and three also-eligibles.

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Del Mar Digital Platforms Doing Dandy As Meet Rolls On

Del Mar’s world of digital platforms – through its traditional websites, its social media communities and its new mobile website – are hitting on all electronic pistons as the track’s 2011 season moves past its midway point.

The track’s racing website – – continues to be one of the leaders in the industry with a total of 446,874 visits through the first half of the season, with nearly 34% of those being “new” visits from “new” fans. Those visits, when stacked up against last year’s same-time numbers of 399,634, reflect a 12% rise in that department. Its “lifestyle” website – – has shown an even larger increase in its digits with last year’s parallel visits – 82,657 – jumping up to 123,430 thus far in 2011, a boost of a noteworthy 49%.

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Raetodandty Upsets In Green Flash Handicap

Longshot Raetodandty, owned and trained by Val Brinkerhoff and piloted by Joe Talamo, forged to the front in the final yards to win the featured $105,745 Green Flash Handicap in a $23 surprise Wednesday before 12,500 racing fans.

Always well-positioned in the five-furlong sprint over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, Raetodandty rallied gamely in the last sixteenth to overhaul Streakin’ Mohican and win by a neck in :55.64 for the distance.

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Wednesday, August 17 2011

Del Mar Stable Notes 8/17/11


Eclipse Award-winning filly Blind Luck worked six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 Wednesday morning at Del Mar and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer reiterated that taking on males in the 1 ¼-mile, $1 million Pacific Classic remains under strong consideration for her next start.

Hollendorfer has stated previously that the 1 ¼-mile, $300,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga will also be given consideration. Wednesday morning he said that Blind Luck will be nominated for both those races and also the $250,000, 1 1/16-mile Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park. All three races are on Sunday, August 28.

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Monday, August 15 2011

Del Mar Stable Notes 8/14/11


Twirling Candy and Caracortado, candidates for the $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 28, had major workouts for the big race Sunday morning.

Twirling Candy, a potential Pacific Classic favorite, went seven furlongs in 1:25.20 under Joel Rosario, who made it back from Chicago – and several Arlington Million Day assignments – for the work.

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Sunday, August 14 2011

Burns Triumphs In La Jolla Handicap

Under a rousing ride by jockey Patrick Valenzuela, Burns held off the late charge of Lil Bit O”Fun to win the featured $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for three-year-olds Saturday.

Burns, runner-up to Mr. Commons in the opening-day Oceanside Stakes, rallied along the rail in the stretch to take a narrow lead and then withstood Lil Bit O’Fun near the wire to win by a neck in 1:42.36 for the mile and one-sixteenth over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 8/13/11


Don Cavallo, a comfortable winner of the Dominion Day Stakes on July 1 at Woodbine in Toronto, is headed for Del Mar and the $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 28.

Although he is a Kentucky-bred son of the Irish sire El Prado, the connections of the 4-year-old colt are deeply Canadian. Don Cavallo is from the Adena Springs breeding program of Canadian multi-millionaire (who also owns Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields among his racetrack holdings) Frank Stronach. Don Cavallo is trained by Hall of Famer and Canadian legend Roger Attfield.

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