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Texas Ryano heads Del Mar opening feature field
Texas Ryano heads Del Mar opening feature field

There are no guaranteed winners in the unpredictable science of thoroughbred horse breeding, but when a stallion mates with 21-year-old Blending Element, it's almost an odds-on bet that a winner will be produced. She has produced eight winners out of eight offspring that have made it to the races, including five stakes winners. One of her most promising prospects is the 3-year-old Texas Ryano, a son of Curlin who makes his stakes debut Thursday in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes at one mile on the turf on opening day of Del Mar's summer meeting. The 10-race Del Mar card is expected to produce a crowd of more than 40,000 for the 10th consecutive year, continuing a tradition of...

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