September 01, 2014
Lord Nelson, a debut winner July 19, was expected to be one of the leading contenders in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Wednesday. But trainer Bob Baffert kept him out of the race.
When the Del Mar meet started July 17, Rafael Bejarano had not ridden a race in more than two months, owing to multiple injuries sustained in an accident on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita in May. It took him a while to find his groove, but he ...
August 29, 2014
Doug O'Neill has a tough hill to climb to defeat Enterprising in the Del Mar Derby, but thinks he has a shot with the promising Sammy Mandeville.
August 22, 2014
Mike Smith has ridden the 7-year-old Game On Dude in 11 of his last 12 starts, including four up-and-down races this year that included his third win in the Santa Anita Handicap and two lifeless defeats. The Hall of Famer rode Shared Belief only once, ...
August 21, 2014
It is said that horses do not have particularly acute vision. Fair enough. But after what he has experienced this season, even an ocularly challenged Toast of New York must be looking around this week wondering where the tour bus has taken him now.
August 20, 2014
If you missed a more rewarding appreciation of Del Mar Oaks winner Personal Diary in her two appearances out West this summer, it’s too late. She’s gone, or at least she was getting wrapped up and ready to ship Tuesday morning along with five other ...
August 15, 2014
In a world suddenly without Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, reeling from violent strife at home and abroad, it would be swell to think all that grim karma could lighten up, reach down, and give the Pete Eurton stable a little nudge in the Rancho ...
August 11, 2014
On the day that Del Mar opened its summer racing season, fans at the seaside track and horseplayers around the country were immediately betting with gusto. The wager known as the Player’s Pick Five, comprising the first five races on the card, ...
August 07, 2014
Aleksei Avila is seven, and now he’ll be eight, thanks to the fact that for no apparent reason Del Mar labor foreman David Martinez decided to take the long way around from the grandstand side of the track at a quarter to six Wednesday morning to check ...
August 01, 2014
Mark Casse was hardly predicting his stable would run wild at Del Mar this summer, winning races left and right. He knew that bringing 40 horses west from places like Louisville and Toronto was an expensive gamble. And he was familiar enough with names ...