My Best Brother proved he was the best 3-year-old on turf at the Del Mar meet with a smart, front-running victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 2.
Bettors won't have to look hard to find something in common with all five of the contestants in the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar Aug. 11 for 3-year-olds.
My Best Brother and Midnight Crooner tallied victories in divisions of the Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds before a record opening-day crowd of 47,339 at Del Mar July 18.
Grade I winner Stormello was euthanized Tuesday, April 26, because of complications from colic at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington.
Haimish Hy rallied from last on the final turn for jockey Garrett Gomez, winning the $250,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) in the final couple of strides by a head over favored Sebastian Flyte on the turf Nov. 28.
Training time was shortened on the Del Mar Polytrack by nearly an hour Thursday morning after a horse working on the track slammed into the safety rail at the eighth pole and tore up part of it.
Stormello rebounded from a disappointing try in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) six weeks ago to capture the $441,500 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) in a gutsy effort Saturday.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux returned to Santa Anita Park Sunday to guide William Currin's 11-1 shot Stormello to victory in the $247,000 Norfolk Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.
Memorette, a filly that is often close but seldom wins, finally had her opportunity to shine in the $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.
The world's biggest Thoroughbred auction got even bigger Saturday as the record-setting gross for the Keeneland September yearling sale grew to $321,224,800 during the 12th session.
Actxecutive and Roman Ruler, a pair of sharp 2-year-olds trained by Bob Baffert, stand out in Sunday's $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at 6 1/2 furlongs.
California shipper Outta Here, with Kent Desormeaux riding, rallied to defeat local favorite Comic Truth by less than a length in the inaugural running of the rich $500,000 Delta Jackpot for 2-year-olds at Delta Downs Saturday night.
The $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on closing day Wednesday continues to shape up as a yet another Bob Baffert revue for 2-year-olds going seven furlongs on the main track.
Outta Here, who has yet to win a race but already is stakes placed, looms as a dangerous factor in Wednesday's grade III, $150,000 Best Pal Stakes.
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