What is it that racing fans might not be opening the day after Christmas in 2005? Santa Anita -- if a proposal from the track's president is eventually accepted by the California Horse Racing Board.
Defending champion Beau's Town and 2002 winner Disturbingthepeace are among 11 sprinters entered in Sunday's $400,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at six furlongs on Del Mar's main track.
Pleasantly Perfect, winner of the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), put in the "serious" mile workout trainer Richard Mandella expected of him as the 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony prepped for Del Mar's $250,00 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Sunday, Aug. 1.
Prestonwood Farm's Special Ring will be making his first start of 2004 Sunday when he seeks to defend his crown in the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar.
West Nile Virus has arrived in Southern California, Dr. Ron Jensen warned the California Horse Racing Board July 22, and could strike at one of the region's racetracks this summer as it speeds its way through the state.
Light Jig, winner of Hollywood Park's Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT), heads a field of seven older fillies and mares for Saturday's $400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) at 1 1/8 miles on Del Mar's Jimmy Durante turf course.
Untried and a little star-struck when he competed for the first time at Del Mar last season, apprentice jockey Mick Ruis expects much better results this time around.
A trio of potential runners for Sunday's 59th edition of the grade I, $250,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap put in final tuneups Tuesday morning for the race named for one of the founders of the seaside track.
The Del Mar Yearling Sale, to be conducted Monday, Aug. 16, by the California Thoroughbred Breedersê Association, will be conducted at Del Mar Race Track for the first time since 1995.
Nominations close June 4 for Del Mar's two premier stakes for 2-year-olds, the Aug. 28 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) and the Sept. 8 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II).
The Thoroughbred Owners of California, working in collaboration with California racetracks, has changed allowance conditions in an effort to increase the horse inventory and improve average field size.
The richest stakes schedule in Del Mar's history - 27 major races worth $6,325,000 - will serve as the centerpiece for the seaside track's 65th summer racing season starting July 21. The traditional 43-day meeting will run through Sept. 8.
Major renovations to five Del Mar barns as well as upgrades and expansions to its grandstand are underway, with the improvements expected in time for the start of the 2004 racing season on July 21.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's Del Mar yearling sale will return to the Del Mar racetrack this year for the first time since 1995. The one-night auction is scheduled for Monday, August 16, when it will kick off Pacific Classic Week.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) is making changes to its Del Mar yearling sale in an effort to upgrade the quality of the horses offered.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club paid the state of California $7.72- million in direct rent payments and generated an additional $4.14- million in food and beverage sales during its 43-day summer race meeting, resulting in total race meet income of $11.86 million for 2003, a record sum for the popular seaside track. The payment exceeds the 2002 total of $10.1 million by more than $1.7 million.
Santa Anita Park's Oak Tree meet, which began with high expectations as the host site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will end with a 10% reduction in purses for the remainder of the season.
Despite the nine massive wildfires that have charred nearly 500,000 acres and continue to burn in Southern California, only one Thoroughbred farm was reported to have suffered any damage, and it was considered minor, according to Dawn Gerber of the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.
The field is small but mighty for Sunday's grade II, $200,000 Palomar Handicap for fillies and mares 3 years old and up going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Tom VanMeter II's Victory U.S.A., an impressive maiden winner from the talent-deep barn of trainer Bob Baffert, heads a field of six for Saturday's 53rd edition of the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on the main track.
Kudos was scratched from Del Mar's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Friday morning when it was discovered he bowed a tendon in his left foreleg during Thursday's five-furlong workout on the main track.
Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone has been assigned to ride the undefeated Argentine-bred Candy Ride in Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.
Three-year-old Naskra Nick was euthanized after sustaining an injury to his left front leg during the running of the 10th race, a maiden $25,000 claimer at Del Mar Saturday, starting a three-horse spill during the running of the 6 1/2-furlong heat.
Three jockeys injured in Monday's five-horse pileup in the fourth race at Del Mar continued to show improvement Wednesday. Jockeys Anthony Lovato and Jose Silva could be released from Scripps La Jolla Hospital Thursday to recuperate from back injuries at home
The pace picked up at the Del Mar yearling sale Monday night, with four horses bringing six-figure prices compared to one in Sunday's opening session. But it was not enough to reverse the Southern California auction's downward trends.
One Pick Six ticket paid a California record of $1,562,818 at Del Mar Friday night.
Kona Gold, a popular champion and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner who was recently retired, will be paraded at Del Mar on Aug. 9.
Trainer Vladimir Cerin is hoping his trainee Publication will indicate to him just how good he is when the 4-year-old son of Petionville tackles 10 other runners in Sunday's grade II San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Fans at Del Mar were unable to place bets for about 25 minutes prior to the first race Thursday when the tote system failed. The race went off about 14 minutes late.
Brian Allen and Stronach Stables' Grade II winner Buffythecenterfold will likely make her turf debut in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) on Aug. 2 at Del Mar, trainer Mel Stute said.
"He's working really well. He's real happy. He's like he was a couple of years ago." Is he really the same "old warrior?" "Oh, yeah, he's the same old guy." That's jockey Alex Solis talking about his favorite horse, Kona Gold, in preparation for a start Saturday in the 58th edition of the grade II, $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at 6 furlongs on the main track.
For the second straight day, there were no perfect tickets in the Pick Six at Del Mar, resuling a carryover of $562,576 for Friday's eighth-race program which begins at 4 p.m. (Pacific time).
Before the largest opening-day crowd in Del Mar history -- 40,682 -- two English-bred 3-year-olds won divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes at one mile on Del Mar's infield grass course.
California owners will begin receiving a $100 per starter credit on Wednesday, opening day at Del Mar, to help offset the cost of workers' compensation insurance for jockeys.
It's not uncommon to hear someone say he or she is having too much fun to call it work. Trevor Denman, about to begin his 20th season calling races for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, qualifies as one of those people.
For the 15th straight year, two divisions of the Oceanside Stakes will highlight opening day at Del Mar as the seaside tracks kicks off its 64th season of action.
Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, in her first race since she fractured two bones of the lumbar vertebra in her back in a fall at Santa Anita March 8, finished second on 7-1 shot Musical Review in the finale at Hollywood Park Thursday.
Saratoga Seabiscuit showing sold out...Winners FEderation receives TCA grant...Del Mar offers film series...Don Burt wins Equine Industry Vision Award.
Del Mar will show a racing film on Sunday nights on the big screen in the track's paddock. The "Del Mar Goes to the Movies" series is free and includes a bag of popcorn.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association has catalogued 159 horses for its Del Mar yearling sale, which will be held Aug. 10 and 11 in Southern California.
Del Mar will offer turf sprints on a regular basis for the first time this summer when it opens for its 64th season on July 23.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club released its 2003 stakes schedule, and for the third year in a row, will offer 27 added-money events. The 43-day stand -- opening July 23 and running through Sept. 10 -- will be the track's 64th season of Thoroughbred racing. All told, the 27 stakes will be worth $6,125,000.
Three months into its four-month meeting, Santa Anita Park will finally have its races shown in Southern California on a nightly replay program.
Julie Krone, who fractured two bones of the lumbar vertebra in her back in a fall at Santa Anita March 8, said she expects to return to competition by the start of the Del Mar meet July 23.
Bits and pieces from around the industry
The California Horse Racing Board approved a 2003 racing calendar Thursday that is largely unchanged from 2002, including a 17-day fair meet at Fairplex Park in Pomona.
The racing industry marked the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States with various memorial services, including one that was simulcast to betting outlets around the country from Del Mar in California.
Icecoldbeeratreds turns closing day into a wrap party for Mike Pegram and Bob Baffert.
Bob Baffert has more than half of Wednesday's Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) field in his barn. Perhaps he's simply stacking the deck--if one of Baffert's horses wins the race, it will be his seventh straight victory in the event.
A 9/11 tribute Wednesday will be broadcast on TVG at 4:10 p.m. (ET) and simulcast to racetracks.
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