Del Mar replied to the complaint filed by banned Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The answer did not reveal any non disclosed issues that can possibly be behind the ban. Basically Del Mar does not want the bad publicity or to be accused of not doing all they can to make racing as safe as it can be. Santa Anita and The Stronach Group have not made public why exactly they implemented the ban other than stating Hollendorfer trained 4 of the 30 horses who suffered fatal injuries at the recently concluded Santa Anita meet and 2 of the 9 at the Golden Gate meet. A decision by the Judge hearing the complaint is expected soon. At issue is if Hollendorfer is entitled to a hearing prior to any ban.
Sea of Stars unfortunately did not recover from her bout with colic. The European star passed this week. Trainer William Haggas had this to say about Sea of Stars:
“The reason for colic surgery on Sea of Class in the first place was to remove an abdominal mass sitting between the spleen and liver which had intertwined with her gut. That mass was removed and some of the gut taken out. However the mass turned out to be a malignant tumor known as a lymphoma. Her surgeon Richard Payne and specialist Celia Marr warned us that lymphoma’s can be aggressive and so it proved.”
Omaha Beach has returned to the work-tab at Del Mar reportedly with his breathing issues behind him. The War Front colt had galloped for a little more than a week before breezing in 36 and change under Alex Solis for trainer Richard Mandella.
Tone Broke under Ricardo Santana Jr. surged past Avie’s Flatter and One Bad Boy to take the Prince of Wales stakes at Fort Erie for Steve Asmussen. One Bad Boy set the pace as he did in the Queen’s Plate but this time could not hold off Avie’s Flatter who again pressed the issue and wound up second or winner Tone Broke who was third in the Plate.
Tacitus breezed in 48 and change on the Oklahoma track at Saratoga in preparation for the Jim Dandy.
Thunder Snow has been confirmed for the Whitney and is on the grounds at the Spa.
Bowies Hero took the Grade 1 Eddie Read at Del Mar.
Golden Award took the Shuvee at Saratoga.
Freshman sire Liams Map got his first winner with Basin in a Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga.
Guarana was able to stretch out and go two turns wire to wire in the Coaching Club American Oaks.
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