Are you one of the many casual horse racing fans in America who start paying attention each year a couple of days before the Kentucky Derby and then tune out about five minutes after the Belmont Stakes? There’s more to horse racing than the Triple Crown, folks. Arguably the biggest event of the year is
Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup late pick four at Del Mar ends, of course, with the Classic, but begins in race 9 with the Mile, and continues with the Juvenile in race 10 and the Turf in race 11. This sequence, in my opinion, contains the most likely winner of all in this year’s Breeders’ Cup events
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
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
DEL MAR, Calif. — The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, like real estate, comes down to location, location, location. This year’s race will be run at Del Mar, where the race is one lap around the oval. Next year, for example, the race will be at Churchill Downs, where it is around one turn. The dynamics
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.
DEL MAR, Calif. — 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. He breaks from the No. 6 post while defending champion Arrogate starts from the rail as the 2-1 second choice. Del Mar is hosting
DEL MAR, Calif. — As much as possible, the 2-year-old filly Retro is in normal training at Del Mar this week. Monday, Retro galloped on the main track, and was schooled in the starting gate and the paddock. The routine is designed to have her ready for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf — if
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.
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,