August 19, 2015
Richard Mandella will have skin in the game and history in mind on Saturday at Del Mar when he runs the mare Beholder against the boys in the $1 million Pacific Classic at a mile and a quarter over a dirt course for the first time since 2006.
July 30, 2015
If Beholder had been a fighter she would have been Jake LaMotta, sometimes down but never out. She’s made more comebacks than Sinatra, had more second acts than Nixon. Just when you think you’ve seen the last of her, there she is again in the winner’s ...
July 29, 2015
With only seven weeks of action, the Del Mar jockey race can be vulnerable to a hot streak from an unexpected rider hooked up with barn on a roll. But by the end of week two, with nine programs in the books, the cream starts to rise, and Flavien Prat ...
July 22, 2015
To hold a horse responsible for the foibles of its human associations is folly, and yet the backstory of Masochistic clings to him like a piece of toilet tissue stuck to the heel of a well-dressed gent.
July 17, 2015
James Graham is not the least bit intimidated by his new surroundings in the Del Mar Jockeys’ room. Then again, James Graham does not seem to be the kind of fellow who can be intimidated at all. As a kid in Dublin he grew up tough enough that at some ...
July 16, 2015
It won’t exactly be the second coming of Damascus vs. Dr. Fager. But when Gabriel Charles and Power Ped take the field on Saturday in the $400,000 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar, there’s a chance it will be worth the price of admission just watching the ...
July 14, 2015
It’s okay to haze the new kid a little bit. Go ahead and nail his desk drawer shut. Cram a live chicken in his locker. Have him paged by the principal, all day long. But what they did last summer to David Jerkens in his first season as Del Mar racing ...
July 09, 2015
Three days after the final nickel had been wrung from the last visitor to the midway, a wind-shredded flag still waved high atop the Del Mar grandstand bearing the message “A Fair to Remember.” There was a moment of confusion – was the theme related to ...
March 27, 2015
With nearly 40 years of racetrack experience, Rich Tedesco is supervising what could be the most important surface laid in California in what has been a seemingly endless series of West Coast projects over the past 10 years.
February 25, 2015
This week, the artist Dagmar Galleithner took a deep breath and delivered her most significant piece of commission work to date: the official Pacific Classic portrait of the 2014 winner, Shared Belief.