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Best Pal Preview: Schnell Ready To Knock Heads At Stakes Level

Best Pal Preview: Schnell Ready To Knock Heads At Stakes Level

DEL MAR, CA – Kaleem Shah’s impressive debut winner Schnell is ready to knock heads at the stakes level for the first time in Saturday’s $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar. The Sorrento is a 6-furlong dirt sprint restricted to 2-year-olds. This year’s edition attracted a field of seven… Read More

Collusion Illusion No Fake In Best Pal

Collusion Illusion No Fake In Best Pal

DEL MAR, CA – Trainer Mark Glatt’s Collusion Illusion rallied wide in the stretch and took over late to win a no-fake edition of Saturday’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar. Breaking from post 5 under Joe Talamo at 7/1 odds, Collusion Illusion settled comfortably just behind four foes each… Read More

Instagrand Everyone’s Friend After G2 Best Pal

Instagrand Everyone’s Friend After G2 Best Pal

DEL MAR, CA – OXO Equine’s Instagrand rewarded the many fans who made him the prohibitive 1/9 favorite with a romping victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar. Breaking alertly along the rail under Drayden Van Dyke, Instagrand quickly took command and set opening splits of :23.00 and… Read More

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Del Mar Report #5: Klimt Looks Sharp in Best Pal Stakes

Del Mar Report #5: Klimt Looks Sharp in Best Pal Stakes

Three Stars of the Week – 1st Star: KLIMT – Bob Baffert has another nice two year old!  Klimt was a nice three length winner in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes on Saturday, and will now be pointed towards the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity to face what looks to… Read More

Baffert’s Klimt Impressive in G2 Best Pal Stakes

Baffert’s Klimt Impressive in G2 Best Pal Stakes

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, a 12-time winner of the championship race of the summer season for two-year-olds, the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity, demonstrated he’ll have another powerful contender in that closing-day feature with Kaleem Shah’s Klimt, an impressive winner of Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Best Pal… Read More

Del Mar Barn Notes: Beholder Probable for Pacific Classic

Del Mar Barn Notes: Beholder Probable for Pacific Classic

BEHOLDER NOMINATED AND ‘PROBABLE’ FOR TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s carefully chosen word for the status of Beholder regarding a title defense in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic is “probable.” He used it Wednesday afternoon, hours after the 6-year-old mare worked a bullet five furlongs… Read More

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Del Mar Report #4

Del Mar Report #4

Three Stars of the Week – 1st Star: PROSPECT PARK – It looks like Prospect Park has found a home on the turf!  After running on dirt throughout the entire year he switched to turf on Sunday in the La Jolla Handicap and romped by nearly four and a half lengths… Read More

Del Mar Report #3

Three Stars of the Week – 1st Star: Lady of Fifty (KY) – She had been knocking on the door against these types of horses, and on Saturday in the Clement L Hirsch things finally worked out in her favor.  After making a five wide sweeping move at the top of the stretch,… Read More

Del Mar Report #2

  Three Stars of the Week – 1st Star: Points Offthebench (CA) – It’s not often you see a horse go from an Allowance race to a Grade 1 Stakes victory, but Points Offthebench did just that when taking the Bing Crosby Stakes Sunday afternoon.  What could be even more impressive is the fact… Read More

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