Del Mar's 2017 summer schedule will offer 41 stakes races worth $7.3 million during a 36-day season, the San Diego County racetrack announced March 22.
Last year, we undertook a review of the prospects of stallions with first 2-year-olds of 2016. The series focused on pedigree and biomechanical values as well as on our impressions of how their offspring performed at the juvenile sales.
Leading the roster are Creative Cause, Cairo Prince, and Majesticperfection at $15,000.
The Woodward, Spinaway, Hopeful, Del Mar Futurity, Prioress, Del Mar Derby, Bernard Baruch Handicap, John C. Mabee, Saranac, Smarty Jones, Sprint Cup and more.
Klimt surged past favored early leader Straight Fire in the stretch and drew off to about a four-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Del Mar.
Three potential stars head the field in Monday's 69th Futurity: Klimt, Chasing Aces, and Straight Fire.
Jim Weigel has just three broodmares, but has bred classic-placed Creative Cause and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender Destin out of his mare Dream of Summer.
Kaleem Shah successfully bid $290,000 for a son of Candy Ride at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age and immediately pointed to his 20-year-old daughter, Sophie.
Millennium Force, a daughter of Hansen, turned in the fastest furlong work of :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts May 2-year-old sale at Del Mar. Among those working a quarter-mile, a son of Speightstown posted :20 3/5.
First-time starter Milton Freewater got up in the final stride in race one at Los Alamitos Race Course April 22 and became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Creative Cause.
Del Mar's summer meet, highlighted by the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and several other Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races, will have projected purses of $525,000 per day.
Dortmund pushed his record in Southern California to a perfect seven-for-seven Nov. 28 at Del Mar, taking the $150,000 Native Diver with ease in his first start at the seaside racetrack.
Scratched from the Clark Handicap (gr. I) because of a quarter-crack, Kaleem Shah's Dortmund will stay home for his next race, the $150,000 Native Diver (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Del Mar.
Multiple graded stakes winner Majestic City will stand the 2016 breeding season at Questroyal North in Stillwater, N.Y., for a $3,500 fee.
With his stud fee doubling from $10,000 this year to $20,000 for 2016, Majesticperfection will carry the top fee for the upcoming season at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud.
A field of 11 turf sprinters will compete in the Oct. 3 Eddie D Stakes (gr. IIIT) coming down the Santa Anita Park hillside turf course at about 6 1/2 furlongs.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist, the 1-2 favorite, wins the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) under wraps. The son of first-crop sire Uncle Mo covers the seven furlongs in 1:23.28.
There will be no shortage of hope surrounding the 68th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on the seaside racetrack's closing day, Sept. 7.
Barretts Sales, having conducted paddock auctions of horses of racing age during the Del Mar race meeting the past four years, is inaugurating a select yearling sale this season. It will be held Aug. 15.
With two straight stakes wins at Emerald Downs, local star Stryker Phd appears poised to defend his title in the $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16.
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.
Despite rainy weather, Lone Star Park registered increased attendance and total on-track wagering at its spring Thoroughbred meet, although all-sources handle declined 3.1% to $67.6 million.
Fasig-Tipton kept true to its tradition of showcasing the first yearlings by some of the nation's eagerly awaited young stallions at its July sale at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.
Things have been working out for Victor Espinoza lately; the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park was the most recent example.
Finnegans Wake has found success running on grass late in his career, but trainer Peter Miller feels it is time to send him back to dirt for the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park June 27.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Corsa Di Cavalli||John W. Sadler||
|Creative Cause||Mike Harrington||
|Gun Boat||Bob Baffert||
|Mighty Monsoon||Jeff Bonde||
|Sheer Talent||Shane Meyers||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|New Orleans Ladies Overnight S.||FG|
|Crescent City Oaks||FG|
|Crescent City Derby||FG|
|New Orleans H. (G2)||FG|