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Ashleyluvssugar held off a furious rally from Metaboss to win the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap and a place in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf starting gate. Experience Saturday's Del Mar thrills and social scene firsthand in this new video.
Ashleyluvssugar opened a long, comfortable lead down the backstretch, then was all out in the stretch to deny fast-finishing Metaboss in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Presented by the Japanese Racing Association Aug. 20.
Multiple graded stakes winners Ashleyluvssugar, Flamboyant, and Finnegans Wake will take the logical step forward on the Del Mar turf schedule for a run in the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 20.
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Michael House's Big John B has only raced on dirt twice in his last 36 starts, but he seems to take to the surface just fine.
Michael House's Big John B has only raced on dirt once in his past 35 starts, but that lone start -- a score in last year's Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar -- was one of his best.
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.
Never better than sixth in three starts since relocating to the United States, Generosidade put on a show March 13 at Santa Anita Park in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT).
Michael House's three-time graded stakes winner Big John B will look to regain his impressive form from the recent past in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) March 13 at Santa Anita Park.
Skychai Racing's Da Big Hoss got a perfect trip and made the most of it Jan. 30 at Sam Houston Race Park.
Kaigun, Da Big Hoss, and Big John B figure to take most of the action in this early season turf test going long, with Going Somewhere a lively longshot.
Flamboyant provided the first graded stakes stunner of 2016 Jan. 2, when the 46-1 shot caught favored grade I winner Obviously in the final moments to win the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Two grade I winners will go toe-to-toe in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 2 at Santa Anita Park, but they couldn't differ more in style and experience.
The Pizza Man, coming off a good fifth-place finish last out in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), proved too much for his Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) field, easily capturing the Nov. 26 race in which he was third a year ago.
Well-travelled The Pizza Man will make his way back to the West Coast for the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) Nov. 26 at Del Mar.
European-based runners have exceled in the Breeders' Cup Turf, having won the 1 1/2-mile race on the grass 23 times.
With two of just four turf workers Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Phil D'Amato was intentionally easy on his expected Breeders' Cup runners.
Unbeaten Songbird, the likely favorite in upcoming Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Keeneland, worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Oct. 18 under regular rider Mike Smith.
Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT) challenger Big John B would the sixth Breeders' Cup starter bred by Florida-based BryLynn Farm.
Grade I winner and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Big Macher turned in an easy five-furlong move in 1:01 2/5 Oct. 5 at Santa Anita.
Big John B powered past two rivals in the stretch to win the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) by a widening 1 1/2 lengths, taking the 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and older a second straight year Saturday, Aug. 22.
With 3 Breeders' Cup Challenge races this weekend, Del Mar will be in the spotlight. Two of those three races will be on the main track, which for the first time since 2006 offers a dirt surface. read blog
Accomplished veterans Ashleyluvssugar, Big John B, Ganesh, and Finnegans Wake head a talented cast of grass stars going long at Del Mar Aug. 22.
A third time might be the charm for Westrock Stables' Sky Kingdom, back for yet another run in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar after finishing second the past two years in a row.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bench Light||Michael Pender||
|Big John B||Philip D'Amato||
|Bright Thought||Philip D'Amato||
|Cogito||Edward R. Freeman||
|Fire With Fire||Neil D. Drysdale||
|Ice Cream Truck||A. C. Avila||
|Irish Surf||Dan L. Hendricks||
|Starspangled Heat||Barry Abrams||
|Topic||Neil D. Drysdale||
|Unbridled Command||Gary C. Contessa||
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