Horse Racing

Bill Mott was asked to recall the last time he was at Del Mar. “Well, I’ve sent a number of horses here,” he said, standing near his Breeders’ Cup contingent on the Del Mar backstretch. “Somebody told me we had something like nine wins from 19 runners in the last 20 years.” Swell. Happy for
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Show time for Breeders’ Cup 2017, finally. It took a long while for the Breeders’ Cup to reach the beach, as Del Mar track president Joe Harper acknowledged this week at the post draw. “We’ve been looking to get this since 1984,” said Harper, referring to the first year of the
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Jockey Mike Smith will wear a miniature camera on his helmet during this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, bringing fans a close-up view from the saddle. Gun Runner, the top older horse on the East Coast, is the slight 9-5 favorite for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Del Mar.
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General a Rod, a Grade 1-placed stakes winner, has been retired from racing and will stand at Hidden Springs Farm in Palmyra, Ind., for the 2018 breeding season at an advertised fee of $3,500. The 6-year-old son of Roman Ruler finished his ontrack career with five wins in 18 starts for earnings of $553,177, highlighted
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ARCADIA, Calif. – Sharp Samurai is compiling a serious winning streak. In Saturday’s Grade 2 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita, Sharp Samurai disputed the pace throughout and won by a convincing 2 3/4 lengths for his fourth consecutive win, all in stakes. “We haven’t seen the best of him yet,” said winning jockey Gary Stevens.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Calvin Borel patted his colt’s chestnut neck, briefly looked skyward, then leapt off The Player’s back and caught emotional trainer Buff Bradley up in a fierce hug. The Grade 2, $200,000 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland marked the first stakes victory for The Player, always a well-regarded colt who was co-bred by Bradley,
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ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Moonlit Promise notched her second straight stakes in just her second start of the year in Saturday’s Grade 3, $126,500 Ontario Fashion at Woodbine. Moonlit Promise ($6.80) raced wide about four lengths off the lead on the backstretch, as Southern Ring was pressed up front by Code Warrior through quick fractions in
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ARCADIA, Calif. — It Tiz Well, the improving Grade 1 winner, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 3 at Del Mar, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed Friday. “She’s just a little tender on her feet out of her last work,” Hollendorfer said, referring to a five-furlong workout Wednesday at Santa Anita. “We decided not
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Jerry Hollendorfer marches to and from the track each morning with quick yet purposeful strides, his head down, focused on getting to his favorite spot in the grandstand to watch his horses train. There’s little variance in the approach. He likes his routine. And that determination has served him well this
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Stellar Wind will welcome a fair chance at the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, just this once, in her third and final attempt. What will it take? “Good break, good trip,” trainer John Sadler said. Simple enough, but those elements were missing when Stellar Wind finished second with an eventful trip in the 2015 Distaff and fourth
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There was sentiment afoot last summer that Del Mar management should open its training facilities as soon as possible once the leaves began to turn, in an effort to give stables the option of early training over the Breeders’ Cup landscape. So they did. The track opened Monday, fully staffed with outriders, clockers, and emergency
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