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July 15, 2014
How tough is it to get pumped for Del Mar? Not very. Just find a place to stand in the sun, close your eyes, and wait for a cool breeze to blow in from the coast. Any coast. Then imagine the sound of Trevor Denman, the aroma of fresh kettle corn, and ...
The local 2-year-old division was so loaded at Del Mar last summer that California Chrome could only manage to finish fifth in the Del Mar Futurity, and She’s a Tiger went on to be named her division’s champion. As good as that group was, the current ...
With division leader Untapable confirmed to take on males in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27, the field for Sunday’s Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga is expected to draw a field of seven 3-year-old fillies.
Ring Weekend, the winner of the Tampa Bay Derby on dirt in March, will return to the grass in Friday’s co-feature, the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile.
Trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher have combined to win 10 runnings of the Schuylerville Stakes for juvenile fillies. There’s a 40 percent chance that one of them will win it again.
Laurel Park’s fall stakes schedule was approved by the Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday. The schedule is similar to 2013, but the dates of some races have changed as the 2014 meet opens approximately two weeks earlier than a year ago.
If Wise Dan makes it back to run in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on Aug. 9, he might face a familiar rival in Seek Again, who came within a head of Wise Dan in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Derby Day at Churchill Downs.
Like a runner on the anchor leg of a relay race, Phil D’Amato has taken the baton and run with it. After working as an assistant to trainer Mike Mitchell for 11 years, D’Amato heads into his first Del Mar meeting with a large stable.
Earlier this year, Enterprising showed he is capable of racing with the best 3-year-old turf horses in California. For the seven-week Del Mar meeting that begins on Thursday, the colt could be stable star for Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor.
A day later than usual, Del Mar launches its popular summer race meeting Thursday. But this year, the party does not stop Labor Day week.