Category Archives: Horse Racing

Sunset Glow wins Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante (The Associated Press)

In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Sunset Glow, with Victor Espinoza aboard, wins the Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante horse race Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

Sunset Glow won the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies by a neck over Her Emmynency on Saturday. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Sunset Glow ran seven furlongs on Polytrack in 1:23.12 and paid $3.80, $3 and $2.40 as the 4-5 favorite. She got a little tired at the end, but she’s the kind that will probably run on.” Sunset Glow led all the way in winning the Sorrento Stakes earlier in the Del Mar meet for trainer Wesley Ward, who plans to return the filly to his Kentucky base.

Horse racing-New Zealand jockey charged with betting on rival horse (Reuters)

New Zealand jockey David Walker has been charged with betting on a rival horse and restraining his own mount to ensure he won the wager in a race at Palmerston North two weeks ago. “It is the Race Integrity Unit (RIU)’s contention that Mr Walker placed bets on another horse “St Ransom” and deliberately rode his horse to ensure his bets were successful,” the RIU said in a statement on Thursday. RIU general manager Mike Godber has recommended to New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing that Walker’s racing licence be suspended pending the investigation. “The allegations before Mr Walker are serious and threaten the very fabric of thoroughbred racing,” he said.

Big John B wins Del Mar Handicap on the turf (The Associated Press)

Big John B swept to the lead in the upper stretch and cruised to a 5¼-length victory in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap on Saturday, earning an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf this fall. Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Big John B ran 1 3/8 on the turf in 2:12.81 and paid $5.20, $3.80 and $2.80 as the 8-5 favorite. Bench Light returned $8.40 and $5, while Bright Thought was another neck back in third and paid $3.80 to show. The 5-year-old gelding is trained by Phil D’Amato.

Bayern is favorite for Travers Stakes (The Associated Press)

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert still isn’t sure how far his talented speedster Bayern can run, but he is willing to find out. Baffert is shipping the 3-year-old colt from California to Saratoga Race Course, where he is the 2-1 favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1 $1.25 million Travers Stakes. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bayern leads a field of 10 3-year-olds entered Tuesday for the 145th renewal of the Mid-Summer Derby, followed by Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist at 3-1 and Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong at 7-2. Bayern enters the 1 1/4-mile Travers off a dominant victory in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational last month at Monmouth Park, hitting the wire 7 1/4 lengths in front with a time of 1:47.82 for 1 1/8 miles.

Mexico female jockeys vie for spot in horse racing (The Associated Press)

Elisabeth Garrido stacks bales of hay into the shape of a horse, straps reins around a mock head and sets off on an imaginary but energetic ride, whipping the hay with a riding crop. It’s part of the do-it-yourself training for her dream: to be one of the few women ever to become a full-fledged jockey at Mexico’s only major horse racetrack, and perhaps move north of the border as well. The 27-year-old is one of two female apprentice jockeys now training to break into the historically male-dominated sport in Mexico, which hasn’t seen a woman ride professionally since 2005. Garrido is so committed to joining the approximately 200 registered jockeys here who are skilled enough to ride a half-ton thoroughbred at 55 mph that she moved in to the Hippodrome of the Americas in Mexico City.

Churchill Downs announcer leaving for New York (The Associated Press)

Larry Collmus’ tenure as track announcer at Churchill Downs barely got past the starting gate. Collmus, who took over in the spring as race caller at the home of the Kentucky Derby, on Wednesday accepted the job as track announcer for the New York Racing Association, starting in the spring of 2015. ”I’m trading one dream job for another,” Collmus said. Collmus, 47, will start calling races on the New York circuit in April, the final month of the Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet, the NYRA said in its announcement.