Dialing back in distance proved to be the winning formula for Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Catch a Flight, who wore down longshot Appealing Tale in the final strides to take the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 25.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar. read blog
In hopes of slowing the track down a little, Del Mar added some wax to its Polytrack synthetic racing surface July 29 for the first time this year, track spokesman C.P. (Mac) McBride said.
Owner Kaleem Shah believes in giving horses time to succeed. read blog
Intent on getting the lead from his far outside post, an aggressive Fed Biz was never challenged while romping to victory in track record time in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 26 at Del Mar.
Exercise rider Joe Duran, injured in the tragic accident at Del Mar while aboard Dance With Fate, was scheduled to have surgery July 25 at Scripps La Jolla Hospital for fractured vertebrae and three fractured ribs.
With the unfortunate morning training death of pre-race favorite Dance With Fate, Frac Daddy, a two-time stakes winner in 2014, is now the likely choice in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 26 at Del Mar.
Grade I winner Dance With Fate was euthanized due to a serious injury sustained July 24 when he bolted and crashed into a fence while on the track at Del Mar prepping for the upcoming San Diego Handicap (gr. II).
Clubhouse Ride is being treated for a low blood cell count following his uncharacteristic last-place finish in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 27, trainer Craig Lewis said.
TimeformUS plays for Sunday's top stakes races. read blog
Kettle Corn came from off the pace to win the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. III), spoiling the return of Paynter to graded stakes competition July 27 at Del Mar.
Continuing a storybook comeback from near death last spring after winning the Haskell Invitational (gr. I), Paynter will pack 122 pounds versus five solid rivals July 27 in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert worked Paynter and Liaison, top contenders for the upcoming San Diego Handicap (gr. II), in tandem July 21 and pronounced them both ready for the $200,000 event.
Trainer Bob Baffert indicated July 8 that Zayat Stables' Paynter, who won his comeback race June 14, could resurface in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 27 at Del Mar.
Grade I winner Rail Trip posted his first victory in more than two years when he outlasted a determined John Scott by a half-length in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28 at Del Mar.
Rail Trip will be making his first start at Del Mar in nearly three years when he lines up in the outside gate for the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28.
Take Control, the first foal out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, will make his second start after a layoff of 2 1/2 years in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28 at Del Mar.
- By Tracy Gantz
Tres Borrachos' owner George Hicker is no newcomer to owning horses. read blog
Tres Borrachos snapped a losing streak that spanned more than two years when he rallied from between horses and swept past favored Kevlar Kid to capture the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar July 30
A starting berth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) is on the line for eight older horses in Del Mar's San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 30.
Dakota Phone, last heading into the final turn, took the overland route to a neck victory in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar July 31, snapping a 16-race losing streak.
Ten runners, including a trio from the Bob Baffert barn, help form an intriguing lineup in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar July 31.
Informed nosed pacesetter Mast Track to win the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Aug. 2 when 3-5 favorite Well Armed failed to fire in his first start since capturing the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March.
Well Armed makes his first start since his record 14-length romp in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when he takes on eight rivals in the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 2.
Well Armed is set to make his first start since his record-setting win in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March when he runs in the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 2.
Favored Well Armed avoided the dreaded "Dubai Bounce" with an easy front-running victory in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) in track record time over the revamped Polytrack surface at Del Mar July 19.
Grade II winner Well Armed makes his first start since running third in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) as one of the favorites in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar July 19.
Gary Broad's Buzzards Bay, unable to make the Breeders' Cup Classic due to an illness incurred during the recent Del Mar meet, demonstrated his class at Santa Anita Oct. 19 when he bested Siren Lure in Oak Tree's $54,000 allowance feature.
Bongo Racing Stable's Sun Boat, a former claiming horse and 6-1 winner of the July 21 San Diego Handicap (gr. II), was euthanized Sept. 18 due to a severe case of laminitis.
The leaders were seven abreast mid-stretch of the $300,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II), but it was the former claiming horse Sun Boat who finished best of all, winning in style by one length on the Polytrack Saturday at Del Mar.
Californian (gr. II) winner Buzzards Bay heads a quality field of eight for Saturday's $300,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II), a prime prep for Del Mar's signature event, the Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 19.
TVG will kick off the 2007 season at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with live on-site coverage beginning July 18. TVG will broadcast live from Del Mar throughout the meet's opening week and every weekend, Friday through Sunday, until the season's conclusion Sept. 5. Special programming will include live editions of some of TVG's most popular shows and exclusive airings of several of the summer's premier Thoroughbred races.
Giacomo tallied his first victory since capturing the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at odds of 50-1, closing from far back under regular rider Mike Smith to defeat Preachinatthebar by a head in a rousing finish to the $300,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Saturday.
Multi-millionaire Giacomo, winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), takes the spotlight in Saturday's co-featured grade II, $300,000 San Diego Handicap in a field of older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Del Mar.
Coming off the worst race of his career, Robert Bone's Choctaw Nation displayed all of his old late charge to annihilate the field in the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Sunday for his second straight victory in the stakes at Del Mar.
Owner Robert Bone and trainer Jeff Mullins bring back Choctaw Nation Sunday at Del Mar in hopes the 5-year-old can reprise his San Diego Handicap (gr. II) victory of last year.
Bob Bone's grade II winner Choctaw Nation worked Tuesday morning for the first time since finishing third in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26.
Robert Bone's undefeated Choctaw Nation earned his reservation for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) with a powerful rally to mow down Pleasantly Perfect and capture the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Sunday.
Pleasantly Perfect always fires when he's fresh and the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, out of action since winning the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March, is training as though he'll be ready for Sunday's $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) At Del Mar Sunday.
Trainer Richard Mandella reported Monday morning that he has an agreement from Jerry Bailey to ride Pleasantly Perfect in Del Mar's grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic and the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Pleasantly Perfect, winner of the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), put in the "serious" mile workout trainer Richard Mandella expected of him as the 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony prepped for Del Mar's $250,00 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Sunday, Aug. 1.
Sprinter Taste of Paradise, ridden by Victor Espinoza, registered a stunning front-running victory at odds of 37-1 in Sunday's $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) over 1 1/16 mile at Del Mar.
A field that could number as many as nine or 10 is beginning to take shape for the 62nd running of the grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap Sunday at 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar's main track.
Hall of Fame rider Eddie Delahoussaye, injured Friday in a one-horse spill, will not be riding for the rest of the Del Mar meeting.
80-year-old trainer Warren Stute wins another big one with Grey Memo's victory in the San Diego Handicap.
Congaree, a 4-year-old son of Arazi owned by Stonerside Stable, will be trying to snap a three-year stranglehold by trainer Robert Frankel on the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on Sunday. At the same time he could give his trainer, Bob Baffert, his first victory in the event.
Skimming takes the San Diego Handicap for the second year in a row, this time against much deeper competition
Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum's Irish Prize, trained by Neil Drysdale and winner of three straight graded stakes, will carry top weight of 122 pounds as he heads a potential field of perhaps six for Saturday's grade I, $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap. For raw excitement, Sunday's grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap could rival last Sunday's Bing Crosby showdown between Kona Gold and Caller One.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred 4-year-old colt Skimming, saved ground along the inside on the way to an eight-length wire-to-wire victory in the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. III) Sunday at Del Mar.
River Keen heads a field of eight as the 122 pound highweight for Sunday's $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar.
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