A field of nine, including an entry owned by Heinz Steinmann and trained by Mike Harrington, is set to go in Wednesday's $125,000 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar. The race, at 5 1/2 furlongs, is for 2-year-old males bred in California.
A bang-up field of nine goes postward in Saturday's feature at Del Mar, the grassy nine furlong $400,000 John C. Mabee/Ramona Handicap (gr. IT).
Only three foes showed up to challenge Kona Gold in last year's running of the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, but on Saturday 10 rivals line up to face the defending champion.
Asadurian And Asadurian's Arbiter tracked the early pacesetter for 10 furlongs, then forged to the front for the 11th and final panel as he raced to a record-setting, two-length victory in the $65,05 Kobuk King Stakes Thursday afternoon at Del Mar.
TVG will offer exclusive live network coverage of Saturday's $400,000 John C. Mabee/Ramona Handicap (gr. IT) and the $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. On Sunday, TVG will have exclusive coverage of the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).
Rock Opera, ridden by 55-year-old Laffit Pincay, Jr., and True Phenomenon, under Thoroughbred racing's comeback jockey of the year, Patrick Valenzuela, won divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes today before the largest opening-day crowd in Del Mar history, 37,439.
As it has for the past 13 years, the Oceanside Stakes that is the traditional opening day feature at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has been split into two divisions due to the large number of horses drawn to the 1-mile turf test that is a prep for the Del Mar Derby.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will rename the Ramona Handicap in honor of the late John C. Mabee, a founding member, president, and chairman of the organization that operates the seaside racetrack.
Buyers will be able to bid over the Internet for horses offered during the Del Mar yearling sale.
The Del Mar yearling sale will have a bigger catalogue this year.
Trainers Ben Cecil and Howard Zucker were slapped with fines by the California Horse Racing Board for positive drug tests produced from races at Del Mar last summer, it was announced May 30.
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has formally opposed the proposed transfer of this year's Fairplex Park meet to Santa Anita Park. The Del Mar board of directors met during a special session May 29 and voted unanimously to oppose the plan.
When the new Del Mar season opens July 24, fans on both the front and backsides will notice some new improvements. The Del Mar season runs through Sept. 11, and racing is conducted every day but Tuesday throughout the summer stand.
John C. Mabee, who parlayed a corner grocery store into one of the country's most prominent breeding and racing operations, died April 24 at the Casa Palmera Care Center in Del Mar, less than a week after suffering a major stroke. He was 80.
Owner-breeder John C. Mabee, the former president and chairman of the board of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club who suffered a stroke April 14, has been transferred to a care facility just two miles from the track.
A draft master plan for changes at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that includes a provision for an off-site horse training facility will get its first public hearing early in 2002.
California trainer Roger Stein, whose long-running Thoroughbred racing radio show was removed from the air six weeks ago, will resurface Sat., Nov. 24, on KPLS, 830 on the AM dial, at 8 a.m. Pacific Time.
The Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Calif., may have run its last horse race when the 2001 Fairplex Park meeting ended Sept. 24. According to published reports, next year's fair dates, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 13-29, will be run at Hollywood Park.
The Cal-bred Romanceishope takes it to the next level in winning the Del Mar Derby.
Del Mar reported across-the-board increases and a record total handle of $518.3 million for its 43-day meet that ended Wednesday.
Hal Earnhardt's El Corredor willed his way in front of Performing Magic in deep stretch then held off Figlio Mio to win Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for the second consecutive year.
Though undefeated and a full sister to a champion mare, Tamara Princess is unlikely to make an appearance in a Breeders' Cup race.
Tranquility Lake made her return to turf a winning one with a one-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT). The 6-year-old daughter of Rahy completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.94 on firm turf in winning the race for the second straight year.
Del Mar will honor The Thoroughbred Corporation's recently retired Point Given on Wednesday when the popular chestnut will be paraded prior to the fourth race of the track's closing day card.
When the Del Mar meet ends Sept. 5, jockeys Gary Stevens and Victor Espinoza will relocate to the East Coast, at least for the first part of the Belmont Park meet.
The California Horse Racing Board on Aug. 24 approved next year's calendar for Southern California, and for the first three months of 2002 for Northern California. Among the changes is an elimination of six-day racing weeks except for Del Mar.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's Tranquility Lake may head back to the turf for a repeat attempt in Saturday's Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar.
On Sunday at Del Mar, The Thoroughbred Corporation scored another grade I win with an impressive looking chestnut. One day after Point Given romped home in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Habibti won the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante by two lengths.
Timboroa held off defending Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Northern Quest and Super Quercus to win the $250,000 Del Mar feature as Bobby Frankel-trained horses filled the top three finishing positions in the 1 3/8-mile turf test at Del Mar Saturday.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Skimming set the pace as expected, shook off a surprise challenge from longshot Dig For It, and then drew away to a 5 1/2-length victory over Dixie Dot Com in Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar. Skimming's win, his second straight in the 1 1/4-mile contest, gives trainer Bobby Frankel his sixth victory in just the 11th renewal of the race.
Louis A. Asistio's Kalookan Queen benefited from a slow start by favored Go Go, then outdueled that rival through the stretch to win Sunday's $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar.
Golden Apples, making her first start outside her native Ireland, stormed down the stretch to earn her first stakes win in Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT). Sent off at 21-1, Golden Apples returned $44, $12.80, and $8 in helping to create a $180,094 pick six carryover into Sunday's guaranteed $1-million pick six.
Six horses were entered Thursday for Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Skimming was installed as the 8-5 favorite, followed by Futural at 9-5 odds. Captain Steve, winless since taking the Dubai World Cup, drew the outside post position as he was made the 3-1 third wagering choice.
If defending Pacific Classic (gr. I) champion Skimming and major contender Futural could wear boxing gloves, it wouldn't be beyond possibility that starter Gary Brinson might say to them, "Touch 'em up and come out fighting."
The Thoroughbred Corporation's Officer remained undefeated from three starts with a stakes-record setting victory over two rivals in the $138,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) and Double Cat, a half-sister to War Chant, earned her first win on Wednesday at Del Mar.
The annual Del Mar yearling sale set a record average price of $43,663 this week. The two-day sale at the Del Mar HorsePark sold 104 horses for a total $4,541,000. Monday's session was responsible for elevating the average price. Seven horses sold for $100,000 or more compared to five during last year's entire sale. Tuesday session was weaker overall, but still an improvement over last year's second session.
El Corredor's return is a winning one in the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien Handicap.
Seven horses sold for more than $100,000 during Monday's opening session of the two-day Del Mar yearling sale. Last year, five horses sold in this price range for the entire sale. The average price for the first session was $52,918, far above the sale's record average price of $36,798 set in 1999.
Three longshot winners on Monday at Del Mar helped create a carryover of $134,179 for Wednesday's pick six at the Southern California track. A field of five is entered in Wednesday's feature, the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds.
Hal J. Earnhardt's El Corredor returned from a lengthy layoff to win the $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Marine won the $150,000 La Jolla Stakes (gr. IIIT) under jockey Corey Nakatani, with the winner completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.72 on the firm turf course at Del Mar.
A field of six, including a pair of uncoupled runners from the Bobby Frankel barn, might go postward for Saturday's grade III, $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for 3-year-olds.
Tranquility Lake is returned to the dirt and responds with a powerful effort in the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap.
Turf distaff star Tranquility Lake glided over the main track at Del Mar Sunday to win the $294,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) by three lengths, continuing a stellar weekend for owners Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod.
Horses bred by Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod won three races on Saturday's card at Del Mar.
A pair of $79 winners helped create a pick six carryover of $219,861 for Sunday's card at Del Mar.
Godolphin's Tempera made the class jump from the maiden ranks to stakes company with an impressive nine-length victory in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Saturday.
The quantity is low but the quality is high for Sunday's grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar's main track.
Gaming executive and Thoroughbred owner J. Terrence Lanni ais joining the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Board of Directors. Lanni, 58, is chairman and chief executive officer of MGM Mirage, an entertainment, hotel and gaming company headquartered in Las Vegas.
A field of eight 2-year-old fillies, led by two-time stakes winner Georgia's Storm, is set to go postward Saturday for Del Mar's 33rd edition of the grade II, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes. The youngsters will go 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.
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