James R. Brown
November 23 – Turf Paradise

I’m Focused Race 6 Claiming $8,500

November 18 – Turf Paradise
Toccet’s Charm finished 3rd beaten 1 length Race 5 View Chart    
Maggie’s Guy finished 7th beaten 6 3/4 lengths Race 7 View Chart    
Donttellmyhusband finished 4th beaten 6 1/4 lengths Race 8 View Chart    
Sandi Gann
November 19 – Turf Paradise

Appellant Race 2 Claiming $15,000
Khaiky’s Command Race 6 Claiming $3,500
November 20 – Turf Paradise

Dr John H Race 2 Maiden Optional Claiming $30,000
Stormy Teen Race 4 Claiming $3,200

November 18 – Turf Paradise
Classncoronas finished 9th beaten 4 lengths Race 3 View Chart    
Robert Gilker
November 22 – Del Mar

Victress Race 6 Red Carpet H. (Gr 3)
Steve Henson
November 20 – Turf Paradise

Seven Chances Race 8 Claiming $3,500

November 18 – Turf Paradise
Beentospain finished 7th beaten 11 1/2 lengths Race 8 View Chart    
Cindy Krasner
November 20 – Turf Paradise

Royal Briar Race 7 Starter Optional Claiming $12,500

November 18 – Turf Paradise
McCallum finished 1st by 2 3/4 lengths Race 6 View Chart    


Mario Gutierrez
November 22 – Del Mar

Whoa Nessie Wgt-122 Race 2 Maiden Special Weight
Kindred Wgt-122 Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000
Katherine Wgt-118 Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000
November 23 – Del Mar

Forecheck Wgt-122 Race 4 Maiden Claiming $50,000
Marckie’s Water Wgt-120 Race 6 Hollywood Turf Cup S. (Gr 2)

November 18 – Del Mar
Feldspar finished 3rd beaten 6 1/4 lengths Race 3 Chart
Hollywood Square finished 8th beaten 3 1/2 lengths Race 5 Chart
Cool Bobby finished 3rd beaten 1 1/2 lengths Race 6 Chart
All Out finished 8th beaten 12 lengths Race 7 Chart
Ann Arbor Eddie Scratched (Trainer) Race 8 Chart
Push Through finished 1st by 1/2 length Race 9 Chart


Supplementing Horses With Vitamin E

Vitamin E deficiencies can cause neurologic and other health problems in horses. As such, at-risk horses—from breeding stock and foals to equine athletes and pasture pets—might benefit from supplementation.
Supplementing Horses With Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant primarily found in green pasture grass that plays a role in muscle atrophy (wasting) and neurodegeneration in horses. As pasture lands become increasingly more limited and more horses are housed on less acreage, vitamin E deficiency becomes a real problem.

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in East Lansing, described conditions linked to vitamin E deficiencies and how to manage them during the 2018 Kentucky Equine Research Conference, held Oct. 29-30 in Lexington.

Veterinarians see three neurologic conditions associated with vitamin E deficiencies in horses, said Valberg, and which one the horse develop depends primarily on genetics.

Neuroaxonal Dystrophy and Equine Degenerative Myeloencephalopathy (NAD/EDM)

This neuromuscular disorder typically appears in horses 6 months to 3 years of age. Clinical signs of ataxia (incoordination) and proprioceptive deficits (awareness of where one’s limbs are) are similar to those of horses with wobbler syndrome (spinal cord compression).

“We believe it results from a genetic predisposition and vitamin E deficiency in utero and the early six months of life,” said Valberg, explaining that the equine nervous system depends on adequate vitamin E to develop normally.

Affected horses’ signs persist through adulthood and can be confused for other forms of neurologic disease. Therefore, said Valberg, NAD/EDM is probably underdiagnosed.

While owners can supplement susceptible horses (i.e., broodmares and foals living on farms that have had cases) with vitamin E to try to prevent them from developing this disease or reduce its severity, once horses develop clinical signs, supplementation has no effect, she said.

“This is a serious disease for breeders,” said Valberg, noting that it typically crops up on farms that have experienced a decrease in pasture quality and green grass.

Vitamin E Deficient Myopathy

This muscle disorder, as the name implies, is due to a vitamin E deficiency and occurs in adult horses around the ages of 7-10. Valberg listed clinical signs such as an inability to lock the stifles, weakness, trembling, a low head position, difficulty lying down, weight loss, and muscle atrophy. In acute cases, she said, the most obvious sign will be trembling, whereas in chronic cases owners typically notice reduced muscle mass in the hindquarters and some trembling.

“We think it takes 20% of the muscle being affected to see atrophy and weakness,” said Valberg.

Veterinarians can test for this condition by taking a biopsy of the sacrocaudalis dorsalis muscle (located above the tailhead on either side of the spine) and looking for abnormal mitochondrial staining. Fortunately, it’s reversible with supplementation.

Equine Motor Neuron Disease (EMND)

This neurodegenerative disorder affects the spinal cord where the nerves come out to control muscle contraction. Horses are typically older (>10), said Valberg, and have been vitamin E deficient for a long time (not every deficient horse show signs, she noted). Affected horses typically display similar signs as horses with the above-mentioned vitamin E deficiency. Additionally, they might have a distinct pigmented pattern to their retinas.

“Once horses reach this stage, they might stabilize with supplementation but might not return to performance,” she said.

Supplementing With Vitamin E

“The impact of vitamin E deficiencies causing subtle but significant muscle atrophy and a decline in performance are under recognized by many performance horse veterinarians,” Valberg said. “It should be on everyone’s radar because it’s easy to diagnose with blood samples for vitamin E and can be readily treated with liquid vitamin E supplements.”

The type of supplement you provide varies by case. For healthy horses in at-risk areas, Valberg suggests supplementing about 1,000-2,000 IU/day of the oral, powdered natural (rather than synthetic) form. If your horse already suffers from EMND or vitamin E deficient myopathy, she recommends supplementing 5,000 IU/day of the natural liquid form until all clinical signs are gone and then transitioning to powder over a series of weeks once the horse returns to normal. Expect it to take several months for the horse’s signs to disappear.

Because horses’ responses to vitamin E supplementation vary, Valberg urges veterinarians and/or nutritionists to measure vitamin E levels before and four weeks after supplementation and to adjust the dose accordingly.

She added that while vitamin E supplementation won’t help resolve other neurodegenerative diseases such as shivers or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, owners should know that a deficiency might exacerbate them.

“I think it’s important to maintain horses at normal vitamin E levels,” Valberg said. “I’m a big fan of measuring vitamin E in horses and supplementing as needed. As we have less and less pasture, we’ll see more of these cases.”

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Del Mar Stable News


With the victory by Mucho Gusto in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes, coming five days after the win by Chasing Yesterday in the counterpart-for-fillies $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes, Hall of Trainer Bob Baffert has two legs up on a sweep of the four stakes for 2-year-olds during fall racing at Del Mar.

But he’s not going to do it.

What’s that you say?  Baffert, who has hundreds of 2-year-olds, many of the highest quality, year after year. Baffert, who showed off three, if you count Saturday’s first-race winner Coliseum, potential show stoppers in the last three baby races he entered. Baffert, who saddled 11 maiden race winners among 13 victories during the summer meeting here and has, by his guess, 17 2-year-old wins this year.

That’s true. But whereas Baffert is an overpowering force in 2-year-old races on dirt, it’s not the same on turf. And the two remaining 2-year-old stakes are both grassy miles – the $100,000 Grade III Jimmy Durante for fillies next Saturday and the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille the following day.

Baffert has Der Lu, a first-out winner here last August, nominated for a grass debut in the Jimmy Durante. He doesn’t have any nominees for the Cecil B. DeMille.

So, while other trainers relish the thought of 2-year-old stakes without Baffert monsters to fight, he can savor the recent successes and plot for bigger ones down the road.

Chasing Yesterday is headed for the Starlet and Mucho Gusto the Futurity at Los Alamitos.

“My barn is all younger horses, and it’s nice when they’re running well,” Baffert said.  “Our clients get excited about these 2-year-old races and Derbies, but usually when they get older their value is at stud and they leave.

“There are challenges. Things can go wrong. But that’s what we do and it’s fun.”

Coliseum, a homebred son of Tapit for Godolphin LLC of Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum of Dubai, wired the field in the 7-furlong opener Saturday piloted, as was Mucho Gusto, by Joe Talamo.

“(Coliseum) has been tough to work with, he wants to run off in his works and it’s been hard to get him to relax,” Baffert said. “Now we’ve got that race out of the way and we’ll stretch him out. I’m happy for Joe. He has put in a lot of time and work with him. He’s a good horseman and he gives me a lot of good feedback.”


Entering the Sunday program that marks the halfway point of fall racing at Del Mar, Geovanni Franco was atop the jockey standings, as he had been since he recorded two victories in each of the first two days of the meeting.

But the 27-year-old from Mexico City’s seven wins from 32 mounts were only one better than Drayden Van Dyke (6-for-28) and two ahead of Flavien Prat (5-for-34), the rising stars of the Southern California jockey colony who battled hard before Van Dyke pulled away late in the summer meeting.

“I had a pretty good start, and I’m hoping to finish strong,” Franco said Sunday morning outside the stable area racing office. “I know that (Van Dyke and Prat) are getting close. I wish them the best of luck, but I’m going to ride the hair off my horses.”

Franco and Prat each have six mounts booked on the eight-race Sunday card, Van Dyke four.

“We’ve been working hard and the horses have been running well, so we’ll just keep doing that and see what happens,” said Franco, who made his presence felt in the summer when he tied for sixth place with 17 wins.

Franco’s fall victories have come for trainers Robertino Deodoro, Vladimir Cerin and Craig Lewis. When asked for the most memorable, or best ride, he cited the one on Holland Road ($31.40) last Monday for Lewis. Holland Road went to the front approaching the half-mile pole and held on gamely the rest of the way for a half-length victory.

“That horse gave me every thing he had,” Franco said.

Franco will ride here through a week from Friday but head to Florida that evening for Saturday assignments in the Claiming Crown day of racing at Gulfstream Park. Franco will be back to Del Mar for closing day, December 2.

He is already scheduled to ride Big Score in the $200,000, Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap here on November 24 for trainer Tim Yakteen and Isotherm in the Grade III, $100,000 Native Diver on November 25 for trainer Phil D’Amato.

“A couple wins in the stakes would be nice,” Franco said.


Trainer Leonard Powell had thoughts of running Beach View in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic last August. But days before the race, the 5-year-old Maryland-bred son of Giant’s Causeway incurred some cuts on a front leg in a stall accident.

It’s nearly three months since the accident, and four since his upset victory over Hoppertunity in the Cougar II Handicap here, but now the Levy Racing colorbearer takes on another 1 ½ mile assignment in Friday’s Grade II $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.

The Cougar II was 1 ½ miles on the main track.

“It took some time to heal and get back to training, but I think that fitness-wise I have him back to what he was for the Cougar,” Powell said Sunday morning. “It’s never easy to come back from such a layoff, especially in a 1 ½-mile race, but we are going to try.”

Powell also has last summer’s Del Mar Oaks winner, Fatale Bere, nominated to both the Hollywood Derby, where she would take on 3-year-old males on December 1, and the  Matriarch, where she would go against older females on December 2. Both are Grade I, $300,000 events.

“She just had her first work back (since early October) and will work again next weekend,” Powell said. “It’s 50-50 if she will run, but we’ll see how she looks.”

CLOSERS — Jessie Black, the daughter of former Padres and current Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, celebrated her birthday at Del Mar Saturday and presented flowers to the winner of the fifth race — Hitters Park. Coincidentally, Coors Field, where the Rockies play, is known as a hitter’s park for the way batted balls travel in the thin air at the mile high altitude.

Solid Wager Clicks Again in Cary Grant at Del Mar

Solid Wager © Benoit Photo

The veteran gelding Solid Wager scored a smashing victory in Sunday’s $100,690 Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar, the third time he’s won the race in four tries. The other time he was second.

The 7-year-old by Birdonthewire was six and a quarter lengths clear under Drayden Van Dyke at the end of the seven-furlong stakes for California-breds, covering the distance in 1:22.47. He beat seven rivals and picked up $57,000 for doing it. The bay stretch runner is owned by Gary and Cecil Barber of Los Angeles in partnership with the Stanford Stable of Michael De Andra and Sandra Tsujihara, also of Los Angeles.

Finishing second in the extended dash was Hronis Racing’s Edwards Going Left and third, another half length back, was Brandothebartender, who races for Flawless Racing, Flanagan or Jarvis.

The durable Solid Wager, who now shows 10 victories in 47 lifetime starts and a career bankroll of $740,731, paid $11.40, $4.20 and $3.20 for $2 wagers. Favored Edwards Going Left returned $3.40 and $2.80 and Brandothebartender paid $4.80.

Solid Wager captured this same race in 2015 and 2016, then was second beaten a half length by Edwards Going Left last year.

There were 22 winning Pick Six tickets Sunday, each worth $4,433.  The track’s Pick Six Jackpot pool rose to $83,347. The Sunday crowd was 5,301.

Racing resumes at the seaside oval of Thanksgiving Thursday with an eight-race card and a special first post of 11 a.m.

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE (Solid Wager, winner) — “Oh, my. I was pleasantly surprised by that. He was running great and I had all the horses I was concerned about in my sights – and then he went right on by without me even asking him. He just ran away from them. It’s fun riding horses that run like that.”

TYLER BAZE (Edwards Going Left, second) – “My horse ran good, but the winner freaked. He went by me like I was tied to the eighth pole.”

JOE TALAMO (Brandothebartender, third) – “He ran great. Most of his form is on the grass, but he handled the dirt today fine. Ran a big race.”

PETER MILLER (Solid Wager, winner) – “Wow, he never wins like that. He’s always a Stormy Liberal nail biter, gets up in the last jump type. But today, he was on it. I know he loves this track; this is his favorite racetrack. And seven-eighths is his favorite distance. It looked like we got a good pace setup and Drayden kept him in the clear. Once he gets rolling, you don’t want to get him stopped. For a seven-year-old, he looked pretty spritely out there.”

FRACTIONS:  :22.46  :44.97  1:09.94  1:22.47

The stakes win was the second of the meet for rider Van Dyke, but first in the Cary Grant. He now has 24 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was the first of the meet for trainer Miller, but his third in the Cary Grant (Solid Wager won the race in both 2015 and 2016). Miller now has 24 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The winning owners are brothers Gary and Cecil Barber of Los Angeles and the Stanford Stable of Michael De Anda and Sandra Tsujihara, also of Los Angeles.


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Del Mar Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, November 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Cary Grant S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $53,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Friday, November 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $56,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $30,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $30,000
Race 5 Claiming – $16,000 $24,000
Race 6 Hollywood Turf Cup S. $200,000
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $30,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $53,000

Turf Paradise Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, November 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Futurity Trial $3,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Futurity Trial $3,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Futurity Trial $3,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $3,500 $8,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $12,500 $11,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $8,000 $9,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Friday, November 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $3,000 $4,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $7,000
Race 3 Maiden Optional Claiming – $30,000 $12,500
Race 4 Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 5 Claiming – $3,200 $7,200
Race 6 Claiming – $8,500 $8,000
Race 7 City of Phoenix S. $30,000
Race 8 Claiming – $8,500 $9,000

Final Entries

Tuesday, November 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $3,500 $7,000
Race 2 Maiden Optional Claiming – $30,000 $12,500
Race 3 Claiming – $3,500 $7,000
Race 4 Claiming – $3,200 $7,200
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $3,000 $7,000
Race 6 Claiming – $3,500 $7,000
Race 7 Starter Optional Claiming – $12,500 $12,500
Race 8 Claiming – $3,500 $7,000

Golden Gate Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, November 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $9,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance $27,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $26,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $26,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $26,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiming – $4,000 $10,400 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Friday, November 23 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $19,000
Race 2 Claiming – $12,500 $14,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $26,000
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $12,500 $17,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $11,000
Race 6 Claiming – $4,000 $10,400
Race 7 Claiming – $8,000 $12,000
Race 8 Golden Gate Debutante S. $50,000
Race 9 Claiming – $12,500 $14,000
Race 10 Claiming – $3,200 $9,000
Race 11 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $9,000