http://classic.drf.com/feeds/articles-of-track/DMR en Del Mar bolsters Pacific Classic card with two more stakes http://classic.drf.com/news/del-mar-bolsters-pacific-classic-card-two-more-stakes Del Mar has added two Grade 3 stakes worth $100,000 each to the Pacific Classic program on Aug. 17 and will have five stakes on the card, a track record for a non-Breeders' Cup day. Track Notes Del Mar bolsters Pacific Classic card with two more stakes 1549051132 Fri, 01 Feb 2019 18:16:06 +0000 Steve Andersen 456625 at http://classic.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steve Andersen </div> </div> </div> <p>Del Mar has added two Grade 3 stakes worth $100,000 each to the Pacific Classic program on Aug. 17 and will have five stakes on the card, a track record for a non-Breeders’ Cup day.</p> <p>The Green Flash Handicap at five furlongs on turf and the Torrey Pines Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile, will be on the undercard of the $1 million Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles, the track’s richest race.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/del-mar-bolsters-pacific-classic-card-two-more-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Del Mar fall meet enjoys strong business http://classic.drf.com/news/del-mar-fall-meet-enjoys-strong-business Del Mar's average daily handle was up slightly at the fall meeting that ended Sunday compared to a similar meeting two years ago. Track Notes Del Mar fall meet enjoys strong business 1543867893 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:06:06 +0000 Jay Privman 453225 at http://classic.drf.com Del Mar's 2018 fall meeting reported average daily handle of $10,330,574. Benoit Photo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Privman </div> </div> </div> <p>DEL MAR, Calif. – Del Mar’s average daily handle was up slightly at the fall meeting that ended Sunday compared to a similar meeting two years ago, this despite the wet weather that significantly impacted two days during the final week of this meet, the track’s fifth fall season since Hollywood Park closed.</p> <p>Del Mar played host to the Breeders’ Cup in 2017, so the attendance for those two days, plus the days on either side of the Breeders’ Cup, skewed that season’s numbers compared to the previous three fall meetings here.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/del-mar-fall-meet-enjoys-strong-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uni comes from far back, wins Matriarch Stakes http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/uni-comes-far-back-wins-matriarch-stakes Uni rallied wide through the stretch to reach the front in the final strides and won by a half-length over Daddy Is a Legend in the Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday. Race Recap Daddy Is a Legend Quidura Uni Uni comes from far back, wins Matriarch Stakes 1543854508 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-02T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:7:"Del Mar";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"DMR";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"7";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Mon, 03 Dec 2018 00:40:14 +0000 Steve Andersen 453198 at http://classic.drf.com Uni paid $13.20 in winning the Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday. Benoit Photo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uni comes from far back, wins Matriarch Stakes </div> </div> </div> <p>DEL MAR, Calif. - Uni had one of her 13 rivals behind her at the end of the backstretch in Sunday’s Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar. About then, jockey Joel Rosario began to envision a victory.</p> <p>“She was very comfortable,” Rosario said. “After I passed the three-eighths, I started to pick up a little bit and she was there for me. After that, I was looking for a clear run.”</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/uni-comes-far-back-wins-matriarch-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baffert notches 20th 2-year-old maiden victory http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/baffert-notches-20th-2-year-old-maiden-victory The first-time starter Kingly gave trainer Bob Baffert his 20th win with a 2-year-old maiden this year Saturday at Del Mar. Track Notes Kingly Baffert notches 20th 2-year-old maiden victory 1543784944 Sun, 02 Dec 2018 21:09:04 +0000 Steve Andersen 453178 at http://classic.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Baffert notches 20th 2-year-old maiden victory </div> </div> </div> <p>DEL MAR, Calif. - The first-time starter Kingly gave trainer Bob Baffert his 20th win with a 2-year-old maiden this year Saturday at Del Mar.</p> <p>Kingly, a full brother to the stakes winners Mohaymen and New Year’s Day, won a six-furlong race by three-quarters of a length over Stretford End, the 3-5 favorite. Kingly ($10.20) was always near the front, while racing on the inside under jockey Drayden Van Dyke.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/baffert-notches-20th-2-year-old-maiden-victory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Late charge propels Raging Bull to Hollywood Derby win http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/late-charge-propels-raging-bull-hollywood-derby-win Following a pair of graded stakes wins at Saratoga, Raging Bull ran the worst race race of his life in the Hill Prince at Belmont Park on Oct. 6 as the odds-on favorite. But in the Hollywood Derby on Saturday at Del Mar he showed he wasn’t down for the count. Race Recap Instilled Regard Prince Earl raging bull River Boyne Late charge propels Raging Bull to Hollywood Derby win 1543712645 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-01T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:7:"Del Mar";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"DMR";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"7";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 02 Dec 2018 01:04:05 +0000 Jay Privman 453161 at http://classic.drf.com Raging Bull returned $5.80 for his victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Saturday. Benoit Photo <p>DEL MAR, Calif. – Following a pair of graded stakes wins at Saratoga, Raging Bull ran the worst race race of his life in the Hill Prince at Belmont Park on Oct. 6 as the odds-on favorite. But on Saturday at Del Mar he showed he wasn’t down for the count.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/late-charge-propels-raging-bull-hollywood-derby-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Espinoza progressing toward return, now targeting mid-January http://classic.drf.com/news/espinoza-progressing-toward-return-now-targeting-mid-january Victor Espinoza, the Hall of Fame jockey who has been sidelined since a morning training accident more than four months ago, on Saturday at Del Mar said he was making excellent progress and hoped to return to action by mid-January. Track Notes Espinoza progressing toward return, now targeting mid-January 1543710902 Sun, 02 Dec 2018 00:35:02 +0000 Jay Privman 453158 at http://classic.drf.com Victor Espinoza stands between the actors Luke (left) and Owen Wilson during the trophy presentation for the Hollywood Derby on Saturday at Del Mar. Benoit Photo <p>DEL MAR, Calif. – Victor Espinoza, the Hall of Fame jockey who has been sidelined since a morning training accident more than four months ago, on Saturday at Del Mar said he was making excellent progress and hoped to return to action by mid-January.</p> <p>“I’m getting there, almost there,” said Espinoza, who was visiting the track for the first time since the accident on July 22, an indication of how well he is doing.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/espinoza-progressing-toward-return-now-targeting-mid-january" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Greyvitos ready for another comeback http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/greyvitos-ready-another-comeback Act 1 for Greyvitos included a pair of stakes victories last year as a 2-year-old. Act 2 included a Hail Mary attempt to make the Kentucky Derby following a four-month layoff. Act 3 begins on Sunday at Del Mar. Track Notes Greyvitos Greyvitos ready for another comeback 1543607587 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 19:16:07 +0000 Jay Privman 453081 at http://classic.drf.com Greyvitos returns Sunday after nearly seven months on the sidelines, the second extended layoff of his career. Keeneland/Coady Photography <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Privman </div> </div> </div> <p>DEL MAR, Calif. – Act 1 for Greyvitos included a pair of stakes victories last year as a 2-year-old. Act 2 included a Hail Mary attempt to make the Kentucky Derby following a four-month layoff.</p> <p>Act 3 begins on Sunday at Del Mar, when the talented 3-year-old colt returns from a layoff of nearly seven months in a second-level allowance that is designed to have him at his best for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes going seven furlongs on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/greyvitos-ready-another-comeback" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Streaking Vasilika faces invaders in strong Matriarch field http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/streaking-vasilika-faces-invaders-strong-matriarch-field Since Labor Day weekend Vasilika has extended her winning streak to eight races with three victories in graded stakes at Del Mar and Santa Anita. Along the way, Vasilika has largely beaten locally based runners. That will change significantly in Sunday's Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on turf at Del Mar. Race Preview Dona Bruja Mission Impassible Quidura Rymska Uni Vasilika Streaking Vasilika faces invaders in strong Matriarch field 1543712049 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-02T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:7:"Del Mar";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"DMR";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"7";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:30:06 +0000 Steve Andersen 453076 at http://classic.drf.com Vasilika enters the Grade 1 Matriarch on an eight-race winning streak. Shigeki Kikkawa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaking Vasilika faces invaders in strong Matriarch field </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steve Andersen </div> </div> </div> <p>Since Labor Day weekend, Vasilika has extended her winning streak to eight races with three victories in graded stakes at Del Mar and Santa Anita. Along the way, Vasilika has largely beaten locally based runners.</p> <p>That will change significantly in Sunday’s Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on turf at Del Mar. Half of the 14-runner field for the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes is based outside of California, and all have won graded or group stakes this year.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/streaking-vasilika-faces-invaders-strong-matriarch-field" target="_blank">read more</a></p> River Boyne can add Grade 1 win to resume in Hollywood Derby http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/river-boyne-can-add-grade-1-win-resume-hollywood-derby River Boyne has won six of his last eight starts, most recently the Grade 2 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. He owns victories in Grade 3 and Grade 2 races, and on Saturday at Del Mar he'll make his first bid to win a Grade 1 race in the $300,000 Hollywood Derby. Race Preview Carrick Have At It Instilled Regard raging bull River Boyne River Boyne can add Grade 1 win to resume in Hollywood Derby 1543689494 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-01T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:7:"Del Mar";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"DMR";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"7";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Thu, 29 Nov 2018 20:36:06 +0000 Jay Privman 453028 at http://classic.drf.com River Boyne got a 92 Beyer Speed Figure when he won the Twilight Derby over Have At It. Shigeki Kikkawa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> River Boyne seeks first Grade 1 in Hollywood Derby </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Privman </div> </div> </div> <p>DEL MAR, Calif. – River Boyne punches way above his weight class. There’s not much to him physically, but about half his body weight must be his heart.</p> <p>The mighty mite has won six of his last eight starts, most recently the Grade 2 Twilight Derby on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita. He owns victories in Grade 3 and Grade 2 races, and on Saturday at Del Mar he’ll make his first bid to win a Grade 1 race in the $300,000 Hollywood Derby.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/preview/river-boyne-can-add-grade-1-win-resume-hollywood-derby" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hovdey: Two more big stakes and away Trevor goes http://classic.drf.com/news/hovdey-two-more-big-stakes-and-away-trevor-goes Once the final race is run on Sunday afternoon at Del Mar, California racing's most recognizable voice will fall silent until next July, when Trevor Denman returns from the tranquility of his southeastern Minnesota farm. Opinion Columns Quidura River Boyne Uni Vasilika Hovdey: Two more big stakes and away Trevor goes 1543524169 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2018-12-01T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:7:"Del Mar";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"DMR";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"7";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Thu, 29 Nov 2018 20:10:07 +0000 Jay Hovdey 453022 at http://classic.drf.com Trevor Denman has been calling races for more than 40 years. Benoit Photo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-article-columnist"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>Once the final race is run Sunday afternoon at Del Mar, California racing’s most recognizable voice will fall silent until next July, when Trevor Denman returns from the tranquility of his southeastern Minnesota farm.</p> <p>Meanwhile, California’s second most familiar race caller has been silenced, now that Michael Wrona has been replaced as Santa Anita Park announcer by Frank Mirahmadi.</p><p><a href="http://classic.drf.com/news/hovdey-two-more-big-stakes-and-away-trevor-goes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>