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California (USA) by Mrs. John C. Mabee  -  John C. Mabee  -  [Add Data]

What the Horse Racing Nation is saying about Best Pal...

The tradition of California-bred Thoroughbred runners is a grand one. Horses the ilk of Morvich, Bed o’ Roses, Determine, Swaps, T.V. Lark, Decidedly, Hill Rise, Native Diver, Quicken Tree, Ancient Title, Crystal Water, Flying Paster, Snow Chief, Best Pal, Free House, Tiznow, Lava Man and Acclamatio...Read More
Alpine Luck and Ontology Square Off in the G2 Best Pal StakesRead More
Snow Chief was a Classic winner and an American champion. The California bred, near black colt was a consistent and dominant star in 1985 through 1987. He was the all-time leading California bred earner until surpassed by Best Pal, and still is fourth only behind Tiznow, Best Pal and Lava Man...Read More
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  • travel_vic · the loigic is that you continually RAID parimutuel pools when there are discrepancies......I have gone through entire cards at Oaklawn and did not miss a payout..Some were little more than a push, but it was EVERY race...After 14 in a row, I knew I found the wagering mecca for that type of wager. · 268 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · that of course was 14 WAGERS in a row, not 14 races in a row...Many with more than 3 FTS or contests were the distirbution of wagering is too even do not qualify as wagering opportunities. · 268 days ago ·
From the time the Pacific Classic was first conceived it was designed to be Del Mar’s signature event. It was to be a test for the top horses in the nation, going America’s classic distance of ten furlongs, and held where the turf meets the surf. Add in the big money on the line, and the million dol...Read More
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  • travel_vic · you are never going to see an equivalent to the ACS with the breeder's cup around as the prize · 283 days ago ·
  • Mike in SB · TV I think the Breeders Cup is the best way to get a championship series like the ACS, they could expand the win and your in races into a series for each Breeders Cup race. The Breeders Cup and the Graded Stakes Committee are the best groups in racing that could be used to organize the different tracks, owners and trainers into excepting one governing body for racing. I'm not saying it would be easy but it could happen and needs to happen. · 282 days ago ·
Twenty years ago this week, a field of 12 older horses lined up for the 1991 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Then as now, it was the first Grade 1 race of the year for the nation’s top older horses, but in 1991 it was the start of something even bigger: It was the first leg of the inaugural Americ...Read More
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  • CauseForConcern · The idea is great, but, if a point system led to an Eclipse award, then all buy-outs of judges would be taken out of the equation. Then, horses who lose, would win the award. We can't have that. · 509 days ago ·
  • CauseForConcern · Just kidding · 509 days ago ·
The Racing Festival of the South was inaugurated in 1974 by Oaklawn Park and owner Charles Cella with a stakes race each day ...Read More
  • travel_vic · One o0f the many many reasons why this is one of the best managed race meetings each and every year...THese people KNOW how to sell the product · 739 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Eric. I would also add Curlin, Lawyer Ron, (consecutive years) Victory Gallop, Tank's Prospect, Davona Dale, Bold 'n Determined, and Festin as other memorable Festival winners. Festin beat a great field that day in 1991 ... I was there to root on Unbridled. · 739 days ago ·
How does Game On Dude stack up against America's greatest geldings of recent years...Read More
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · Before I say what I'm about to say, I'd like it noted for the record that I'm a huge fan of Game on Dude, and admire this horse a ton!! That said, I'm not sure the word "Great" actually applies to Game on Dude? I think he probably has as much heart and pure desire to win as any gelding racing in America, or any horse period for that matter. But 6-wins, 4-places, and 1-show in 15 lifetime starts is a long way from being labeled "Great" in my view. TJMO. · 803 days ago ·
  • xmango93x · Could be the best since Lava Man, but I am so biased toward Better Talk Now that I'm probably ineligible. I don't think I'll ever love a racehorse as much as I love that old gelding. Of course, that's because he was "THE horse" for me - the one who got me into racing when the most beautiful black horse I'd ever seen won the 2004 Breeders' Cup. This sport needs more great geldings that stick around and build fan bases. I don't think he was ever as popular as a horse like Lava Man, but to me Brass Hat was another one of those geldings that just stole my heart. The old, classy type that doesn't always win but always gives an honest account of himself. Evening Attire also comes to mind. Right now, I'll say Game on Dude is the best since Lava Man, but it'll take a lot to out-do that. Well Armed was a terrific horse on his day, also, but I'll put GOD above him based on consistency. · 798 days ago ·
Sorry, but if you say Groundhog Day to me, I think of the 1993 Harold Ramis film titled the same, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, way before I think of the chubby rodent from somewhere in Pennsylvania. I like movies, what can I say. If you’ve never seen it, by all means rent it and hunker ...Read More
Entering off three straight graded stakes wins on turf including a pair of Grade I’s, Acclamation successfully transferred his front-running game to the main track... Read More
  • RamonDimas · DAMN this horse is soooooooooooooooooooo sooooooooooooooooooo GREAT i think he is going to win the CLASSIC!! · 964 days ago ·
  • boxersdaddy · there is a question as to whether acclamation can transfer his successes from turf and poly to dirt. · 953 days ago ·
Patrick Valenzuela was up on Best Pal, returning to the winner’s circle. But he was well aware of what was going on in the Del Mar grandstands. “The crowd was going crazy,” Valenzuela recalled of the moments after the inaugural running of the Pacific Classic on August 10, 1991. “It was an honor just...Read More
A standing-room only crowd at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs reserved its longest and loudest applause for the last inductee, the rider Randy Romero, whose career was equally marked by exhilarating highs and debilitating lows.Read More
A little perspective on the induction of Best Pal into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Friday: It is entirely comparable to Ted Williams in the baseball hall, Marcus Allen in football and Bill Walton in basketball. Only this superior San Diego County-born a...Read More
No Thoroughbred trainer will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., when ceremonies are held at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion on the morning of Aug. 13. Under new voting procedures this year, the top four vote getters among nominees in ...Read More
  • humphrey · There has always been an Eastern bias...Horses and connections from the West have to be twice as qualified to get the attention of the majority of voters who reside in the East. · 1360 days ago ·
  • mshutty · Particularly demonstrated well in the movie "Seabiscuit" · 1360 days ago ·
Former jockey Randy Romero and equine heroes Best Pal, Azeri and Point Given have been named as this year's inductees to the Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, New York.This new class will be inductedinto the Hall of Fame in Saratoga on August 13. Romero, 52, retired in 1999 with 4,292 victori...Read More
Jockey Randy Romero and three horses--Azeri, Best Pal, and Point Given—have been elected into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. for 2010. The induction ceremony will take place Aug. 13 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga. Read More
2/25/2009 - Baffert Among 11 Hall of Fame Finalists BloodHorse, KY He finished fifth as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby then won the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes, the Haskell Invitational and the Travers. Tiznow won eight of his 15 career starts and earned $6427830. The California-bred son ...Read More
Published: August 11, 1991 On a day that many believed would settle the rivalry between Farma Way and Festin, local upstart Best Pal ran the race of his life to defeat perhaps the year's best field of older horses and capture this afternoon's inaugural $1 million Pacific Classic. Read More
Supposedly suffering from slow workouts, fast competition and even the wrong pedigree, Strike the Gold won the 117th Kentucky Derby today with a rousing end run through the homestretch...Read More

Best Pal - Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video07/02/95Best Pal5thBHP61 1/4 mDHollywood Gold Cup-G1 3+ MCigarTinners WayTossofthecoin1:59.46
View Details04/15/95Best Pal4thOP91 1/8 mDOaklawn Handicap-G1 4+ MCigarSilver GoblinConcern1:47.22
View DetailsView Video11/05/94Best Pal5thCD81 1/4 mDBreeders' Cup Classic-G1 3 MConcernTabasco CatDramatic Gold2:02.41
View DetailsView Video08/13/94Best Pal2ndDmr41 1/4 mDPacific Classic-G1 3+ MTinners WayBest PalDramatic Gold1:59.40
View DetailsView Video11/06/93Best Pal10thSA81 1/4 mDBreeders' Cup Classic-G1 3 MArcanguesBertrandoKissin Kris2:00.83
View DetailsView Video08/21/93Best Pal3rdDmr31 1/4 mDPacific Classic-G1 3+ MBertrandoMissionary RidgeBest Pal1:59.55
View DetailsView Video05/09/92Best Pal4thPim101 3/16 mDPimlico Special-G1 4 MStrike the GoldFly So FreeTwilight Agenda1:54.80
View Details11/30/91Best Pal2ndBHP81 1/8 mTCitation Handicap-G2 3+ MFly Till DawnBest PalWolf1:45.86
View DetailsView Video09/22/91Best Pal4thLaD101 1/4 mDSuper Derby-G1 3 MFree Spirit's JoyOlympioZeeruler2:00.80
View DetailsView Video08/10/91Best Pal1stDmr31 1/4 mDPacific Classic 3+ MBest PalTwilight AgendaUnbridled1:59.80
View DetailsView Video05/18/91Best Pal5thPim101 3/16 mDPreakness Stakes-G1 3 MHanselCorporate ReportMane Minister1:54.00
View DetailsView Video05/04/91Best Pal2ndCD81 1/4 mDKentucky Derby-G1 3 MStrike the GoldBest PalMane Minister2:03.00
View Details03/03/91Best Pal3rdSA81 mileDSan Rafael Stakes 3 MDinardApolloBest Pal1:35.60
View DetailsView Video11/27/90Best Pal6thBel71 1/16 mDBreeders' Cup Juvenile-G1 2 MFly So FreeTake Me OutLost Mountain1:43.40