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Del Mar Adds Aug. 31 Card to Schedule

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has added a 10-race make-up date to its calendar Aug. 31. First post on the added day will be 2 p.m. The oceanside track had been forced to cancel a weekend of racing in July when several jockeys tested positive for coronavirus. The 2020 summer meet will now have 27 live race dates. It had been scheduled to have 28 days.

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Fighting Mad Caps Another Big Weekend for Baffert

Lightly raced Fighting Mad (New Year's Day) zipped away early and held sway late to take Sunday evening's GI Clement L. Hirsch S. at Del Mar and stamp her ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. Looking to add to another productive weekend for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert that included Saturday scores in the GI Whitney S. and Shared Belief S., the Gary and Mary West homebred was backed down to 9-5 favoritism from a 4-1 morning line quote and wasted little time seizing command. Under a tight...

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Uncle Mo Filly Graduates in Del Mar Unveiling

7th-Del Mar, $57,000, Msw, 8-2, 2yo, f, 5f, :59.98, ft. ROLL UP MO MONEY (f, 2, Uncle Mo--Twixy Roll {MSW, $277,172}, by Roll Hennessy Roll) came from off the pace to graduate in her career unveiling at Del Mar Sunday. Overlooked at 15-1, the Jeff Mullins trainee was hustled out from her wide berth and settled in a stalking position as first Hi Con (Nyquist) and then Bonus Fever (Runhappy) set early fractions of :22.48 and :46.83 while favorite Moonlight d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) lingered near the back. At the throat...

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Week in Review: Faves Fail to Show on Saturday, but Excuses Abound

This past Saturday wasn't a great day to be a favorite in an open stakes race at the nation's premier race meets. Chalk horses went a collective one-for-seven at Saratoga and Del Mar, and the list of excuses included stutter-step starts, bumps leaving the gate, stretch-run roughhousing, getting disqualified, and being dueled into defeat in internal pace battles. Tight finishes in several stakes elevated the interest level, although the results in general did not lend clarity to the nationwide divisional races with the GI Kentucky Derby inside the five-week mark...

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Twirling Candy’s Collusion Illusion Bests Elders in Bing Crosby

Collusion Illusion (Twirling Candy) got the better of his elders and earned a spot in the gate for the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint, holding off a late rally from Lexitonian (Speightstown) to take Del Mar's GI Bing Crosby S. Settling near the back of the pack, the 9-5 chalk ran off the fence with only Lexitonian, who trailed the field by several lengths, beat as the remaining five scrambled for control through a sharp first quarter in :21.58. Wildman Jack (Goldencents) gained a very narrow advantage as the half went...

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Del Mar Bans Desormeaux

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was take off his mount at Del Mar Friday by track management after an alleged altercation earlier in the week. The story was originally reported by the Daily Racing Form. Del Mar officials did not provide specifics on the alleged incident, but Del Mar's Josh Rubinstein said, "Our action is not related to racing, but rather is as a result of conduct not consistent with our standards and values." A California Horse Racing Board rule allows a racetrack to remove or deny "access for...

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Aug. 2 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-RELATED JUVENILES MEET AT ELLIS 5th-ELP, $37K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, 3:42p.m. KING FURY (Curlin) is the most expensive of the several well-related juveniles making their career bows in this test as a $950,000 FTSAUG purchase. He is the first and only foal out of the late Grade I winner Taris (Flatter), a $2.35-million FTKNOV buy. His second dam Comedy, a $1.5-million KEENOV buy, also produced SW & MGSP Theatre Star (War Front). Dale Romans unveils the latest offspring out of blue hen C.S. Royce (Unbridled's...

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Trio of Grade I Winners Face Off in Clement Hirsch

A competitive field, highlighted by three top-level scorers, are set to face off Sunday in the GI Clement L. Hirsch S. at Del Mar, a "Win and You're In" for the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. Ce Ce (Elusive Quality) scored back-to-back wins in the Mar. 14 GI Beholder Mile and Apr. 18 GI Apple Blossom H. Favored to repeat in the GII Santa Maria S. back at Santa Anita, she could only manage third behind the re-opposing Fighting Mad (New Year's Day) and 'TDN Rising Star' Hard Not to Love...

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Happy Days at Del Mar: Baffert Street Sense Filly a ‘Rising Star’

Happier (f, 3, Street Sense--On My Way, by Giant's Causeway), a $800,000 KEESEP yearling graduate, ran to the money in her unveiling for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert at Del Mar Friday evening, earning 'TDN Rising Star' honors. The 6-5 favorite shot out to the front from her inside draw and led through fractions of :22.71 and :45.89. She widened the margin as they turned for home and kept on rolling down the stretch to graduate by 3 1/4 lengths over stablemate Himiko (American Pharoah). Happier was the most expensive...

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Saturday Insights: Deep Juvenile Races on Both Coasts

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency CATALANO UNVEILS CARPE DIEM SIBLING 1st-SAR, $72K, Msw, 2yo, 6f, post time: 1:10 p.m. ET A pair of loaded 2-year-old maidens--one on each coast--serve as appetizers to the major stakes Saturday. Coffepot Stables homebred REGULAR GUY (Bernardini) features at the Spa for Wayne Catalano. The dark bay is a half to multiple Grade I winner and young sire Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway), as well as to additional GISW J. B.'s Thunder (Thunder Gulch), MGSW & GISP Farrell (Malibu Moon), and two other graded stakes horses....

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Brisnet.com Triple Crown Throwdown: Shared Belief

Ed DeRosa of Brisnet.com takes on TDN's Steve Sherack and Brian DiDonato as they handicap Triple Crown prep races plus the big three races themselves. The three will make $100 Win/Place bets in the preps and $200 Win/Place bets in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Highest bankroll at the end wins. DeRosa - Haskell Result - Longshot Jesus' Team was fourth. Bankroll: $4960. Shared Belief S. - The Shared Belief could provide needed points to Cezanne and lagniappe to Honor A. P., so we'll go with the horse who...

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Collusion Illusion Takes on Elders in Bing Crosby

The lightly raced sophomore Collusion Illusion (Twirling Candy) will try to give his elders a run for their money Saturday in Del Mar's GI Bing Crosby S., a "Win and You're In" event for the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint S. Opening his account with a pair of wins, including the GII Best Pal S. last summer, he was pulled up when trying two turns in the GI American Pharoah S. in September. Returning May 17, he scored a decisive victory in a six-panel optional claimer at Santa Anita and repeated...

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