Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Instagrand Wins Like a Future Superstar

Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Budding superstar? Beast in the making? Future Kentucky Derby winner? Perhaps it’s too early to bestow such lofty praise upon Instagrand, but this two-year-old son of Into Mischief was nothing less than breathtaking while winning Saturday’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar in a dominant manner strikingly reminiscent of his maiden victory at Los Alamitos. With Drayden Van Dyke in [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Bellafina Impresses, Instagrand Steps Up

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Bellafina didn’t really look like a star in the making when she finished second in her debut at Los Alamitos last month. But boy, she presented an entirely different appearance in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar! The Sorrento, an early prep race on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was the top juvenile race [...]

Baffert, O’Neill Loaded With 2yos for the Del Mar Meet

2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is among many recent stars to have raced at Del Mar as a two-year-old. © Breeders' Cup/Tyger Williams 2015 What’s your favorite aspect of the upcoming summer meet at Del Mar? There’s a lot to like about the prestigious seven-week meet, including the action-packed stakes schedule and the top-notch turf racing. But what gets me the most excited—and I’m sure many will agree—is the excellent program of races for two-year-olds. Over the last [...]