Category Archives: Horse Racing

Miss Serendipity wins Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar (The Associated Press)

Miss Serendipity rallied to win the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for older fillies and mares by 1¼ lengths at Del Mar on Monday, with jockey Brice Blanc aboard his first mount in five weeks. Blanc had been Miss Serendipity’s regular rider since last winter, but after he hurt his shoulder in a spill on July 25, Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount for the John C. Mabee Stakes, in which she finished sixth. The victory, worth $120,000, increased Miss Serendipity’s career earnings to $493,600, with seven wins in 26 starts. She was relaxed out there, so I wasn’t too concerned.” In the $150,000 I’m Smokin Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds, 2-5 favorite Wake Up Nick battled back along the rail after being passed in the upper stretch to win by a half-length.

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.