John R. Velazquez

Racing! Del Mar finishes a great meeting with three stakes races

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter and it’s time to congratulate Del Mar on their best fall meeting … ever.

Watching Mubtaahij finish third in the Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar reminded me how rarely we see horses from the Breeders’ Cup Classic until early the following year, if at all. Mubtaahij finished eighth in the Classic but trainer Bob Baffert decided to run him back, unlike Collected and West Coast, who he is eyeing for the Pegasus in January.

If you look at the 11 entrants in the Classic, only three didn’t pack it in the for the year. In fact, two — Arrogate and Churchill...

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