Thursday, August 25 2011

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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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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