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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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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