Horse Racing

DEL MAR, Calif. — As trainer Steve Asmussen made his way through the fading light of Del Mar racetrack shortly after sundown on Saturday night, just minutes after his horse Gun Runner had outrun 10 others in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Jill Baffert saw him walking through the paddock and ran over. “Congratulations,”
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DEL MAR, Calif. — There’s a new king in horse racing and it’s Gun Runner. The 4-year-old colt won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday, sending rival Arrogate to a third straight career-ending defeat at Del Mar. Gun Runner ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.29 and paid $6.80, $4.40 and
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Fourteen horses whipped into the short stretch of the Del Mar turf course, a moving blur flying to the finish of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday. Several minutes later they’d trotted back home, horses and jockeys meeting grooms, trainers, and owners. Tales of woe abounded: A hard bump,
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Despite the fact Good Magic was still a maiden, trainer Chad Brown had the confidence in the colt’s ability to send him cross-country and run him in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile against one of the heaviest favorites on the card. That confidence was rewarded Saturday at Del Mar, as
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Trainer Peter Miller put an exclamation point on an unforgettable day after Roy H wore down a game Imperial Hint to all but sew up division honors with a one-length victory in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar. Earlier in the afternoon, Miller sent out both the first-
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Lady Eli was unable to write a storybook ending to her brilliant career as significant trouble early in the race resulted in her finishing seventh behind Wuheida in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar. Trainer Chad Brown reported after the race that Lady Eli had
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DEL MAR, California — Trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore won the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday at Del Mar with a colt named Mendelssohn. Of course they did. This was the 11th edition of the Juvenile Turf. Moore and O’Brien have won four of them. O’Brien had to
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Ulysses, the 7-2 favorite for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, was withdrawn on Friday evening because of soundness issues. In a one-sentence statement, the Breeders’ Cup announced his withdrawal without providing specifics. The statement said Ulysses was scratched “per recommendation from the track veterinarians.” Ulysses is scheduled to go to stud at
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Is there anything Forever Unbridled cannot do? It is a fair question following her Breeders’ Cup Distaff victory Friday at Del Mar. In winning the Distaff by a half-length, Forever Unbridled ($9.40) has now won eight races on eight different tracks. Third last year in the Distaff, she won her first
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Here’s a look at the $1 million-guaranteed pick four sequence on the Breeders’ Cup Saturday card, consisting of races 5-8. Race 5: Turf Sprint If there are no issues, LADY AURELIA (3) could put on a show in this year’s Turf Sprint. While she lost overseas in her most recent start, she’s proven herself at
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DEL MAR, Calif. — I was talking last weekend to a friend of long standing, an outstanding handicapper and avid racing historian, about the Breeders’ Cup. Almost immediately, the conversation turned to Arrogate, of whom we were of similar minds. We agreed that Arrogate’s four-race run of the Travers, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup,
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Some Breeders’ Cup fans are expecting a freak show when the sixth race rolls around Saturday at Del Mar. Others will shade to the skeptical side when attempting to somehow beat Unique Bella, whose freakish exploits will make her a heavy favorite in the Grade 1, $1 million BC Filly and
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The early Pick 5 (races 1-5) at Del Mar Friday has its own intrigue before the Breeders’ Cup feeding frenzy begins. It also provides an opportunity to bolster your bankroll for the championship races. Race 1 Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup late pick four at Del Mar ends, of course, with the Classic, but begins in race
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