DEL MAR Stable Notes

Tyler Baze © Benoit Photo


As the days during which racing was suspended at Santa Anita mounted up last winter, taking a toll on all horsemen, Tyler Baze was faced with a dilemma.

Ride out the storm of troubles in Southern California, his home and base of operations for most of his 20-year career. Or leave the work-less days and Southern California behind, ride off into the eastern sunrise and establish himself on a different circuit.

Baze, 37, a father of three, chose the latter.

“I’ve got bills to pay like everybody else,” Baze said. “I got a call from an agent at Oaklawn Park whose jock had to go back to Mexico and he said he had a ton of business that he could line up for me.

“I figured why sit around. I looked at it as an opportunity to meet new trainers, and expand my business. They might know my name, but I hadn’t ridden for them. You never know what doors might open.”

Made a one-day trip to the Hot Springs, Arkansas track and got a win and a second on mounts. He returned to Southern California to gather necessities and was back at Oaklawn a day later to begin a Midwest stay that lasted through the summer. He returned during the recently completed Santa Anita meeting and is now riding the Bing Crosby meeting at Del Mar.

“It was a great experience,” Baze said. “I won races for a bunch of different trainers – (Tom) Van Berg, Bill Mott, Brendan Walsh, Jack Sisterson, Steve Asmussen.

“The weather was mostly good. There was a lot of driving involved, but that was a lot of fun.”

There’s a difference between driving in the Midwest and Southern California, Baze said.

“Here, if you’re doing a lot of driving, you’re doing a lot of sitting in traffic. There, you set the cruise control on 79 (mph) and talk to people on the phone. I talked to my mom and dad every day. Probably talked to them more than I had in the last 20 years.”

Asmussen offered to give “first call” to Baze on horses at Ellis Park in Kentucky through the summer. That kept him away from Del Mar – where he has 38 stakes victories – for the first time in several years.

“Missing Del Mar last summer was kind of sad,” Baze admitted. “I probably could have made more money here than I did at Ellis. But I considered it to be a privilege to ride first call for Steve Asmussen. We gave each other our word and we both stuck by it. That means something to me.

“But when it was time to come home, it was time to come home.”

Equibase statistics show Baze as No.36 in the country for  2019 with 83 wins from 709 mounts and earnings of  $5,047,599. He has 2,669 career victories from more than 19,500 mounts and earnings of more than $119.8 million.

Baze won eight stakes races during the Del Mar summer and fall meets in 2018. He’s hoping to notch his first of 2019, with his first opportunity, aboard Spitefulness (5-1) for Phil D’Amato in Sunday’s $100,000 Desi Arnaz.

The Midwest venture was a success. But he’s glad to be back.

“My family, my kids, mean everything to me,” Baze said. “I still have to miss some things, like my daughters’ soccer games on Saturday. But she calls me and tells me about scoring a goal and I get to see her and my other kids soon afterward.”


“Exposed another one,” a smiling Bob Baffert said after Saturday’s fifth race.

Authentic, a son of Into Mischief who was a $350,000 purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2018, was the latest 2-year-old to make an impressive racing debut at Del Mar for Baffert.

Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Authentic sat off the pace for three-eighths of a mile in the 5 ½-furlong maiden special then took control and drew off to a 1 ½-length victory in 1:03.60.

Authentic had four bullets among 12 workouts at Los Alamitos and Santa Anita since July and was the 3-5 favorite.

“We thought he was a really good horse,” Baffert said. “I took the blinkers off and about halfway down the stretch I thought I made a mistake because he was looking around a lot. But it was OK.”

Baffert said it has been “Back to work, it never ends,” in the week since he saddled Improbable to a fifth-place finish in the Dirt Mile and McKinzie to a runner-up to Vino Rosso in the Classic at the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita. “They all came out of it OK, so that’s the main thing,” Baffert said.

One race before Authentic’s victory, trainer Leonard Powell saddled 2-year-old French-bred filly Guitty for her second U.S. start. The first had been a wide-rallying one-length victory in a maiden special mile over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course on closing day, September 2, of the summer meeting.

The course was the same for Saturday’s race. The result was the same, the margin 1 ¾ lengths even though Guitty was a handful for  Van Dyke to deal with at a couple early points in the race.

“I was happy she won, but we’ve got some things to work out with her,” Powell said Sunday. “She was too much on the (muscle) and didn’t relax. But with time, I think she can be a stakes filly.”


Bob and Jackie, winner by the narrowest of margins in Saturday’s featured $77,550 Let It Ride Stakes, caught the first van to Santa Anita after the race.

“He cooled out fine and looked good,” trainer Richard Baltas said Sunday morning.

The 3-year-old son of Twirling Candy, owned by the Zayat Stables of American Pharoah fame, edged Proud Pedro by a nose in the mile turf run for sophomores.

Bob and Jackie won for the third time in four starts in a comeback from a nearly one-year-layoff after surgery to repair a hairline fracture in a hind leg.

“A lot of horses come back from surgeries,” Baltas said. “A horse can come back from a bone injury, if it’s not too bad. I think it’s harder to come back from a tendon or joint injury. But this is a very good horse and we’re glad to have him back.”

CLOSERS – Del Mar will host approximately 50 family members, friends and baseball contemporaries today for a salute to the late San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers. The day’s 5th Race has been named the Kevin Towers Tribute. Among the notables that fans will recall are pitching aces Trevor Hoffman and Rick Sutcliffe, along with baseballers Bill Gayton, Spencer Dallin, Jeff Gardner, Erik Judson and Pete DeYoung … Author Alan Shuback reports that he sold 26 copies of his new racetrack book “Hollywood at the Races” Saturday during a book signing at Del Mar. One of the book buyers was Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper, the track’s Mr. Hollywood (and grandson of movie mogul Cecil B. DeMille) … Selected workouts from 71 officially timed, on dirt and turf combined, Sunday morning: Dirt – Hardcore Troubador (4f, :46.00), Magic Musketier (5f, :59.60); Turf – Majestic Eagle (4f, :48.60).

Leucothea Cruises in Desi Arnaz Stakes

Leucothea © Benoit Photo

Leucothea, the 2-5 favorite, performed to expectations Sunday with an easy victory in the featured $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Del Mar.

Providing jockey Abel Cedillo with his third win of the afternoon, Leucothea broke on top from the gate and then was content to stalk from second place as longshot Biddy Duke set the pace.

Leucothea surged to the lead on the far turn, opened up into the stretch and cruised home three and one-half lengths in front while under mild urging. Longshot Orquidias Biz came on to be second, a length and one-quarter in front of third-place Stellar Sound, with Roadrunner’s Honor fourth in the field of six fillies.

Leucothea, owned by the partnership of Altamira Racing Stable, Socal Seven Racing and McGoldrick and trained by Peter Miller, ran the six and one-half furlongs in 1:17.42. The daughter of Midshipman scored her third triumph in six outings and returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. First money of $60,000 increased her bankroll to $127,682.

Runner-up Orquidias Biz paid $7.60 and $3.80, while Stellar Sound returned $2.80 to show.

Cedillo’s previous winners were Miss Hot Legs in the fifth and Murad Khan in the seventh. Miller also won the sixth race with I Belong to Becky.

ABEL CEDILLO (Leucothea, winner) – “The plan was to let her go to the lead, but if something happened I could take back. The one horse (Biddy Duke) showed a lot of speed and my filly was very relaxed so I just let her go.”

PETER MILLER  (Leucothea, winner) – “It wasn’t exactly the way we drew it up, we thought we’d be on the lead. I thought the one (Biddy Duke) could be the fly in the ointment, but (Leucothea) showed she could rate, so at the end of the day it’s probably a good thing.”

FRACTIONS:  :22.01  :45.24  1:10.55  1:17.42

The stakes win was the first of the meet, first in the Desi Arnaz  for rider Cedillo. He now has two stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was the first of the meet and the first in the Desi Arnaz for trainer Miller. He now has 28 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The winner is owned by trainer Peter Miller of Encinitas (Altamira Racing Stables), Lance Hayes of El Cajon (Socal Seven Racing) and Brian McGoldrick.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, November 10
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $52,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Desi Arnaz S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $52,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Friday, November 15 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $40,000 $36,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $17,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $52,000
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $32,000 $34,000
Race 5 Claiming – $25,000 $23,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $53,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $52,000

Bob and Jackie Wins Let It Ride Stakes

Bob and Jackie © Benoit Photo

Out of action since winning the Eddie Logan Stakes late last year, Bob and Jackie returned to competition victoriously, nosing out Proud Pedro to win the featured $77,550 Let It Ride Stakes for three-year-olds Saturday at Del Mar.

Ridden by one-time star apprentice Heriberto Figueroa, Bob and Jackie won a head-bobbing finish by the narrowest of margins over Proud Pedro, who was piloted by Rafael Bejarano. Figueroa also won the third Saturday aboard Twirling Tiger.

Third in the field of five was Ocean Fury, the 8-5 favorite who was three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up and a nose in front of fourth-place Dueling.  Golden Birthday, the early pacesetter, faded to fifth and last. Withdrawn from the contest was Carnivorous.

Bob and Jackie, owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Richard Baltas, was timed in 1:34.97 for the mile over the infield grass course. A close second choice at 2-1, the son of Twirling Candy returned $6.60, $4 and $2.60 after scoring his third win in four starts. First money of $46,260 increased the colt’s earnings to $134,500.

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke had a saddle triple, scoring with three two-year-olds, the French-bred filly Guitty in the fourth race, the well-bred debuting colt Authentic in the fifth and finally, in the ninth race, Uncaptured Hero, trained by Baltas.

Racing resumes Sunday with a nine-race program starting at 12:30 p.m. Featured will be the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity


Saturday, November 9
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $52,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $12,500 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $52,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $52,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $50,000 $40,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Let It Ride S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $100,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Thursday, November 14 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $53,000
Race 3 Claiming – $16,000 $17,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $52,000
Race 5 Claiming – $25,000 $30,000
Race 6 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $30,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $100,000 $58,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $52,000

Final Entries

Sunday, November 10
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $22,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $17,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $52,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $53,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000
Race 8 Desi Arnaz S. $100,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $52,000

Del Mar Stable News

Wicked Old Fashion Surprises in Kathryn Crosby Stakes

Wicked Old Fashion (Outside) © Benoit Photo

Wicked Old Fashion, a lightly-regarded invader from Northern California piloted by Evin Roman, outran her 30-1 odds and then some in rallying from dead least to win the featured $84,954 Kathryn Crosby Stakes in a blanket finish Friday on opening day of Del Mar’s fall racing season.

Last early and with only one horse beaten in upper stretch, Wicked Old Fashion closed powerfully to get up in the final stride and nose out runner-up Super Patriot, with 6-5 favored Excellent Sunset another nose away in third place. Fourth was 40-1 longshot Curlin’s Journey in the field of nine older fillies and mares. Time for the distance was 1:35.12.

Wicked Old Fashion, owned by Frank Aufdermauer and Wayne Swisher and trained by Victor Trujillo, was making her Del Mar debut in the Kathryn Crosby at one mile over the infield grass course. She returned $67.80, $21.40 and $7.60 while scoring her eleventh victory in 22 races. First money of $47,160 increased the five-year-old Colonel John mare’s earnings to $196,365.

The victory marked the first stakes win ever for Trujillo who was celebrating his 55th birthday Friday.

Second-place Super Patriot, who was piloted by Geovanni Franco, paid $5.40 and $3.20, while Excellent Sunset returned $2.60 to show.

Trainer Bill Spawr and jockey Tiago Pereira combined to win two races on the eight-race program, taking the third with Impression at $15.60 and the fifth with Storm the Bastille for a $41.20 payoff.

With no perfect tickets in the Pick Six Friday, Saturday’s Pick Six will feature a carryover of $27,416. Post time for the first of nine races will be 12:30 p.m.

EVIN ROMAN (Wicked Old Fashion, winner) – “The trainer (Victor Trujillo) told me to try for a good break and get a good position. She broke OK and she relaxed for me. I could see the two up front were going too fast, so I was happy with where I was. When I asked her, she responded very well. I could tell I was the winner at the end. I knew it was close, but I knew I won.”

GEOVANNI FRANCO (Super Patriot, second) – “I knew the horse outside me (Wicked Old Fashion) got me right at the end. I had no problems and my horse tried hard and ran great.”

FLAVIEN PRAT (Excellent Sunset, third) – “My horse ran very well. For a bit there, I thought I was going to be the winner.”

VICTOR TRUJILLO (Wicked Old Fashion, winner) – “This is my first stakes win. Yes, it’s pretty exciting. At Golden Gate we didn’t have a lot of choices (of races) so I brought her down to Southern California for the first time. It was very tight at the finish, but it worked out. If you don’t see your horse in the picture the last sixteenth of a mile, you don’t have a lot of horse.”

The victory came on Trujillo’s 55th birthday.

FRACTIONS:  :22.88  :45.61  1:09.82  1:22.43  1:35.12

This is rider Roman’s third stakes win at Del Mar.

This is trainer Trujillo’s first stakes win anywhere.

The owners are Frank Aufdermaur and Wayne Swisher. Swisher is from Brentwood, CA.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity


Friday, November 8
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $52,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $52,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Kathryn Crosby S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $16,000 $26,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Sunday, November 10 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $22,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $17,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $52,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $53,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000
Race 8 Desi Arnaz S. $100,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $52,000

Final Entries

Saturday, November 9
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $53,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $52,000
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $12,500 $21,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $53,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $52,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $52,000
Race 7 Claiming – $50,000 $40,000
Race 8 Let It Ride S. $75,000
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $100,000 $34,000

Del Mar Stable News

Excellent Sunset (Left) © Benoit Photo


The sixth edition of Del Mar’s fall thoroughbred racing season begins Friday. As in the past, it will have Bing Crosby’s name on it and, if history repeats, Peter Miller’s fingerprints all over it.

In 2014, with the demise of Hollywood Park, Del Mar assumed the vacant fall dates on the Southern California racing calendar and dedicated the month-long meeting to Crosby, the 20th Century entertainment superstar who founded the track in 1937. And from its inception the meeting has been a showcase for locally-based trainer Peter Miller.

Miller, an Encinitas resident who trains the bulk of his expansive stable at San Luis Rey Downs, won the 2014 inaugural meeting training title and the last three in a row starting in 2016. He has averaged nearly 22 wins per year in the abbreviated (15-16 day) meeting over the last three years. The year Miller didn’t win the title, 2015, he had two fewer wins than Doug O’Neill (13-15) from 14 fewer starters.

While Miller has racked up fall training titles, the jockey honors have gone to a different rider every year. The champions, with wins in parentheses, going backward from 2018 are: Drayden Van Dyke (17), Flavien Prat (18), Norberto Arroyo, Jr., (12), Rafael Bejarano (20) and Victor Espinoza (12).

The opening-day featured Kathryn Crosby Stakes, a mile turf test for older fillies and mares with a purse of $75,000, attracted a field of nine. Excellent Sunset, a 5-year-old Irish-bred mare who was disqualified from first and placed second in the race a year ago, was tabbed the 5-2 favorite on oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line.

The field from the rail: La Sardane (Mike Smith, 6-1), Storming Lady (Victor Espinoza, 12-1), Poster Girl (Tiago Pereira, 3-1), Curlin’s Journey (Ruben Fuentes, 20-1), Wicked Old Fashion (Evin Roman, 8-1), Free My Soul (Martin Garcia, 30-1), Super Patriot (Geovanni Franco, 3-1), Lostintranzlation (Brice Blanc, 8-1) and Excellent Sunset (Flavien Prat, 5-2).

The opening three days of the meeting, Friday through Sunday, lead to three weeks of  Thursday-to-Sunday racing, with a closing weekend featuring two Grade I $300,000 events – the Hollywood Derby on Saturday, November 30 and the Matriarch on closing day, Sunday, December 1.

First post is 12:30 p.m. each day with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, November 28, when it will be 11 a.m.


When the stable area opens for occupancy in advance of the Bing Crosby Meeting, two trainers that can be counted on to be in the vanguard of the move-in are Bill Spawr and Bob Hess, Jr.

And so it was, last weekend that the Spawr and Hess contingents were among the first to lead horses into stalls. Hess was allotted 34 of them, second only to the 38 of Peter Miller. Spawr has 24.

“My favorite meeting,” Spawr, who will turn 80 in December, said Thursday morning. “It’s quiet and cool and you’ve got a nice track to train on.”

His stable’s prospects, Spawr said, are good.

“We’ve got five entered the first day and they’re all ready, so we hope to get off to a good start and go from there.” Only Hess, with six, has more opening day entries than Spawr.

Spawr has nine stakes victories here in a training career of more than four decades. His most recent Del Mar stakes score came in the inaugural fall meeting of 2014 with Risky Proposition in the Let It Ride.

He’ll be aiming to add to that total when he saddles the six-year-old mare Poster Girl in the opening-day $75,000 Kathryn Crosby Stakes. Poster Girl was claimed out of  a winning race in early October at Santa Anita. Spawr is part owner with Kentucky-based Farfellow Farms.

The English-bred mare has four wins from 26 career starts and earnings of $191,411.

Hess’ camp moved in on Sunday, which, he said was “Not as early as I’d really like,” but there was a little piece of business called the Breeders’ Cup to  be concerned with when the stable gates were opened on Saturday.

Like Spawr, Hess is looking forward to a good season, his definition of which echoed Spawr.

“I think anybody will tell you that would mean having a safe, injury free meeting. I haven’t had any problems and I think this has been one of the safest meetings overall every year.

“A couple wins wouldn’t hurt,” Hess continued. “A couple (victory) dinners at Tony’s Jacal and some of the better restaurants around here would be nice.”


A field of six was entered Wednesday for Saturday’s featured $75,000 Let It Ride Stakes, a turf mile for California-bred three-year-olds.

Richard Baltas-trained Bob and Jackie, bred and owned by the Zayat stables of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, will be ending an 11-month layoff and seeking a third straight win.

The field from the rail: Proud Pedro (Rafael Bejarano, 7-2), Dueling (Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1), Ocean Fury (Geovanni Franco, 7-2), Golden Birthday (Victor Espinoza, 8-1), Bob and Jackie (Heriberto Figueroa, 5-2) and Carnivorous (Mario Gutierrez, 3-1).


Jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Doug O’Neill, the champions of the Del Mar summer meeting, took the counterpart honors at the recently concluded Santa Anita meeting, Prat sharing the riding title with Abel Cedillo.

Prat, whose 42 wins were 10 more than Drayden Van Dyke mustered last summer, had 21 wins from 102 mounts during the Santa Anita meeting, which went from September 27 to last Sunday, November 3. Cedillo’s 21 wins came from 121 mounts. Cedillo moved his tack from Northern California permanently at the start of the summer season and established himself as a top-level competitor with a third-place finish behind Prat and Van Dyke during the summer season here.

O’Neill, whose 24 wins edged Peter Miller by three for the summer title, had 22 wins from 85 starters at Santa Anita. Richard Baltas and Phil D’Amato notched 12 each there, followed by Bob Baffert (11) and Miller (10).


“Daybreak at Del Mar,” the track’s popular program where racing fans can do “breakfast with the works,” is back for another go-round each Saturday morning during the upcoming sixth fall Bing Crosby Season.

The sessions are held trackside in the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant and go from 8 to a.m. 10 a.m.

Visitors will be able to take in morning workouts, as well as hear racing tips and information from horsewoman and racing broadcaster Michelle Yu as they dine in the fresh air and sunshine that is part of San Diego’s most unique breakfast.

Breakfast is an “order your own” arrangement featuring yogurt, Granola bars and fruit cups, along with fresh-baked muffins and Danish. There also will be oatmeal and hot breakfast sandwiches, as well as fresh orange juice, cranberry juice, milk, coffee and tea.

There is no charge for “Daybreak” and Early Bird wagering is available. Fans are encouraged to park in the main parking lot off Jimmy Durante Blvd and proceed through the Clubhouse entrance to the restaurant on the second floor.


Dan Smith, Senior Media Coordinator for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and expert tournament player Ryan Flanders will be featured in the initial weekend handicapping seminars of the meeting.

Smith will provide analysis and selections on Saturday. Flanders will be the guest of regular Sunday host Frank Scatoni. The seminars are scheduled from 11:15-noon at the Seaside Terrace near the top of the stretch.