Del Mar Handicap Gets the Stakes Action Started on Pacific Classic Day

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO The first of three graded stakes races on the Pacific Classic Day card is the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap. Trainer Phil D’Amato has won 3 of the last 4 renditions and looks to make it back-to-back wins in the event after Hunt got to the wire first in last summer’s edition for owner Michael House. D’Amato sends out a trio of runners in #1 Kenjisstorm, [...]

Solana Beach Stakes Headlines Friday Twilight Card at Del Mar

The stakes action for the week at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club commences with the $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes. The one-mile event for California Bred or California Sired Fillies and Mares drew a solid field of 9 that includes the second, third, fourth and seventh place finishers from last year’s rendition. Of the four mares exiting last year’s Solana Beach Stakes, #8 Moonless Sky brings the strongest resume into Friday’s twilight card. The daughter of Bold Chieftain has won 5 [...]

2018 Kentucky Derby Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey John Velazquez guides Always Dreaming to victory in the 2017 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography It was the most improbable of victories—an unknown longshot named Mine That Bird surging past his more heralded rivals to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby at the stunning odds of 50-1. While Mine That Bird deserves much of the credit for his unforgettable triumph on the first Saturday in May—you don’t win the Derby without talent!—there’s no doubt that jockey Calvin Borel [...]

Jockey Profile of Gary Stevens

Two legends piloted the 2 best horses in the world on Nov. 4 in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Distaff. Mike Smith was aboard Songbird while Gary Stevens was aboard winner Beholder. The race got me thinking that it might be time to take a look at 5 of my favorite Gary rides. See below!  If you have any different rides from the 5 I've listed, by all means, let me know! Victory Gallop, 1998 Belmont Stakes It [...]

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My Top Jockeys of the 1990’s

The 1990’s brought us some of the most important events in American History. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The end of the Cold War occurred in 1992. Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa in 1994 and who can forget the O.J. Simpson trial, or Tiger Woods winning the Masters in 1997 at the age of 21? In thoroughbred racing, the 1990’s was when the Bob Baffert barn took shape and Bill Mott unleashed the amazing Cigar. The [...]