Baffert has Belief in his Spirit

  Most people have a reason to believe in something. Normally there will be evidence to support this backing. One Thoroughbred trainer has every reason to have one of his runners entered in the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on August 29. Medina Spirit is one athlete...

Mo Forza goes yard off the bench in Del Mar Mile

  One of the toughest assignments is coming off the bench and getting thrown into the heat of battle. Producing at any time is tough, but coming in cold, especially in big situations, and getting the job done is really challenging. California has seen a few famous...

Astronaut Caps a big day at Del Mar

   The sport of Thoroughbred racing has so many wonderful layers. Let’s take a moment or two to spin a tale of the magnificence of Del Mar on one of their biggest days. Pacific Classic day is always a star on the calendar. The 2021 edition featured five graded stakes...

Shirreffs takes the Train to the Pacific Classic

   When legendary crooner Bing Crosby opened Del Mar and belted out those famous lyrics in the track’s theme song did he have current California trainer John Shirreffs in mind? Back in 1937, Bing had no idea that a horse whispering guy like John Shirreffs would be...

Sprint Stakes makes for a little ciphering

SPRINT STAKES MAKES FOR A LITTLE CIPHERING The Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, the Alfred G Vanderbilt at Saratoga, and the Amsterdam also at the Spa featured a trio of outstanding performances this past weekend. All were of the sprint variety and those runs down the...