Horse Racing

Pity the North American owner and trainer with a top-class 3-year-old on grass. A Breeders’ Cup title is rarely in their future. Neither is an Eclipse Award championship likely. Possession of such an animal, no matter how good, usually must be its own reward. In the combined 66 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Turf and
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Cambodia was so handy for jockey Drayden Van Dyke on the turn of Saturday’s Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes on turf at Del Mar that the rider’s main concern was which rival to follow into the stretch. “I wanted to point her in the right direction,” Van Dyke said. Van
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Simon Callaghan kept looking for a sign, any sign, not to run Moonshine Memories in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Saturday. Fortunately for him, the sign wasn’t stop. After monitoring Moonshine Memories carefully to make sure she wasn’t showing any ill effects of trying to race just two weeks
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Lady Ivanka parlayed a classic perfect trip behind a hotly contested pace into a three-quarter-length victory over the late-running Maya Malibu in the $350,000, Grade 1 Spinaway on Saturday at Saratoga. Trainer Rudy Rodriguez schooled Lady Ivanka when working his undefeated 2-year-old filly behind horses in her final breeze for the
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Gun Runner did what he was expected to do in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga and now the stage is set for an old-fashioned East Coast-West Coast showdown with Arrogate for Horse of the Year in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Taking
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Two-time champion Songbird was retired Thursday after initial medical tests showed enlarged suspensories in her hind end and subsequent tests revealed greater physical problems, owner Rick Porter announced. Porter made the announcement on Facebook. The decision to end Songbird’s career comes days after she finished second to Forever Unbridled in the
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In an alternate universe, an even-handed report on the Pacific Classic at Del Mar would go something like this: “The swift chestnut Collected ran his 2017 record to a perfect 4 and 0 on Saturday with a half-length victory over his heavily favored stablemate Arrogate to stamp himself as a contender for the Breeders’ Cup
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Jockey Corey Nakatani was the parade marshal Sunday in Los Angeles for the 2017 Nisei Week Japanese Festival, a prestigious honor made all the more poignant by the fact that Nakatani’s late father, Roy, was housed at Santa Anita as a youth during World War II when the track was temporarily
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Perhaps I wasn’t being open-minded enough, but I thought there were only two possible outcomes to Saturday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The first had Arrogate putting his mysterious non-effort in last month’s San Diego behind him and running his race. And since Arrogate’s real race is better than anything seen in years from an
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Dream Dancing won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks by a nose in a head-bobbing finish with Beau Recall on Saturday. Back in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., trainer Mark Casse watched Dream Dancing win the most prestigious race of his career and gladly postponed his bedtime. “I won’t sleep now,” Casse said
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The Pizza Man, the Illinois-bred gelding whose outstanding career peaked with a victory in the 2015 Arlington Million, has been retired at age 8 after being diagnosed with an ankle chip sustained last weekend in his final race. Richard Papiese, who bred and raced The Pizza Man with his wife, Karen, under their Midwest Thoroughbreds
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