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Kona Gold is 'Same Old Guy' as He Readies for Bing Crosby

"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.

Del Mar Pick Six Carryover Soars

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).

Denman Begins 20th Year Calling Del Mar

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.

Here and There

Saratoga Seabiscuit showing sold out...Winners FEderation receives TCA grant...Del Mar offers film series...Don Burt wins Equine Industry Vision Award.

Del Mar Showing Classic Movies

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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.

Del Mar Announces '03 Stakes Schedule

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.

Krone Expects to Return for Del Mar Meet

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.

Racing Industry Remembers 9/11 Anniversary

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.

Black Ruby, Taz Set for Two-Mule Del Mar Battle

Mule racing moves to the big stage Sept. 8 when Del Mar hosts a match race between Black Ruby, a winner of 47 races, and Taz, who upset her last time out at the California State Fair in Sacramento. TVG will cover the race live.

Racing to Observe 9/11 Anniversary

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, in conjunction with Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, will coordinate an observance of the one-year anniversary of last year's Sept. 11 tragedies.

Solana Beach Offers Full Course of Cal-Breds

A potentially large field is building for Monday's $125,000 Solana Beach Handicap for California-bred fillies and mares, 3 years old and up, going one mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Del Mar Announces Purse Hike

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Del Mar announced a 5% increase in overnight purses for the remainder of its 43-day meeting. The increase is retroactive to the beginning of racing on July 24.

New York City OTB Signs Deal With Del Mar

New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. will begin taking wagers on races from Del Mar in California Aug. 7 as part of a new three-year agreement. It marks the first time in two years NYCOTB is importing races from Del Mar.

Life's A Beach

By Ray Paulick -- At Del Mar, promotions and activities such as concerts, "family fun club," trackside educational programs, handicapping seminars, and even a day-care facility in association with the local YMCA have helped the track increase business.

Steinmann Entry Heads Graduation Stakes

A field of nine, including an entry owned by Heinz Steinmann and trained by Mike Harrington, is set to go in Wednesday's $125,000 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar. The race, at 5 1/2 furlongs, is for 2-year-old males bred in California.

Kona Gold Faces Tough Field in Crosby

Only three foes showed up to challenge Kona Gold in last year's running of the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, but on Saturday 10 rivals line up to face the defending champion.

Arbiter Rockets to Set Del Mar Turf Mark

Asadurian And Asadurian's Arbiter tracked the early pacesetter for 10 furlongs, then forged to the front for the 11th and final panel as he raced to a record-setting, two-length victory in the $65,05 Kobuk King Stakes Thursday afternoon at Del Mar.

Del Mar Stakes Exclusive on TVG

TVG will offer exclusive live network coverage of Saturday's $400,000 John C. Mabee/Ramona Handicap (gr. IT) and the $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. On Sunday, TVG will have exclusive coverage of the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).

Record Opening-Day Crowd of 37,439 at Del Mar

Rock Opera, ridden by 55-year-old Laffit Pincay, Jr., and True Phenomenon, under Thoroughbred racing's comeback jockey of the year, Patrick Valenzuela, won divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes today before the largest opening-day crowd in Del Mar history, 37,439.

Split Oceanside Stakes Highlights Del Mar Opener

As it has for the past 13 years, the Oceanside Stakes that is the traditional opening day feature at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has been split into two divisions due to the large number of horses drawn to the 1-mile turf test that is a prep for the Del Mar Derby.

Del Mar to Name Race in Honor of Mabee

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will rename the Ramona Handicap in honor of the late John C. Mabee, a founding member, president, and chairman of the organization that operates the seaside racetrack.

CHRB Fines Two Trainers for Del Mar Positives

Trainers Ben Cecil and Howard Zucker were slapped with fines by the California Horse Racing Board for positive drug tests produced from races at Del Mar last summer, it was announced May 30.

Del Mar is Latest to Oppose Fairplex Dates Proposal

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has formally opposed the proposed transfer of this year's Fairplex Park meet to Santa Anita Park. The Del Mar board of directors met during a special session May 29 and voted unanimously to oppose the plan.

New Barns Top Del Mar Improvements

When the new Del Mar season opens July 24, fans on both the front and backsides will notice some new improvements. The Del Mar season runs through Sept. 11, and racing is conducted every day but Tuesday throughout the summer stand.

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