Leading Japanese jockey Yuichi Fukunaga will ride the weekend of June 30-July 1 at Churchill Downs before launching a summer engagement at Southern California tracks.
Del Mar's first-ever 'race-ready racehorse sale' will be presented in its paddock following the day's live racing July 22. The sale is expected to begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. PDT.
Top West Coast-based rider Joel Rosario will relocate to New York, according to his agent Ronnie Ebanks.
A star-studded party has been scheduled to raise funds for two charities that help disabled jockeys and others involved in horse racing.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced a partnership with Tiffany & Co. in which the jeweler will create a new line of trophies for presentation to its stakes winners this summer.
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced April 20 that it will add two new juvenile turf stakes to its schedule in conjunction with the Oak Tree Racing Association during the upcoming meet.
Betfair Hollywood Park will offer some maiden allowance turf sprints for 2-year-olds in June and July, Martin Panza, racing secretary and vice president-racing, announced April 20.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and TVG have announced a simulcast and ontrack broadcast partnership that will begin with the start of racing at Del Mar July 18.
A new Thoroughbred sale is scheduled for this summer in Southern California. Barretts Equine, in cooperation with Del Mar, plans to conduct the auction of horses in training in the racetrack's paddock July 22.
It may be a few years down the road, but there's a chance the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club could host a future Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Successful female trainer Jenine Sahadi has retired from racing. Sahadi, 48, dissolved her stable at the close of the Del Mar meet in September and is in the process of relocating to the San Diego area.
TVG said Sept. 29 it has signed new coverage agreements with Del Mar and Keeneland as part of an initiative to present United States horse racing in high-definition television.
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Del Mar, California's summer boutique race meet, saw a slight decrease in attendance and a more significant slide in handle for its 37-day meeting that concluded Sept. 7.
The busy Labor Day weekend of stakes action winds down at Del Mar with the Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT). The 1 1/16-mile race for older fillies and mares is a hard one to handicap.
Jockey Tyler Baze was taken off mounts and suspended indefinitely by Del Mar stewards Sept. 1 after he refused to take a breathalyzer test, several news outlets confirmed.
Unbeaten Majestic City, winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III), worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 under jockey David Flores on Sept. 1 in preparation for the Sept. 7 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I).
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges resulting from his July 20 arrest hours after winning the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar.
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Bourbon Bay, fresh off a convincing win in the Cougar II Handicap (gr. II), returns to turf in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 28 in San Diego.
Twirling Candy, two-for-two on the Del Mar turf, will seek his first victory on the Southern California racetrack's synthetic surface when he faces nine others in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 28.
The Factor will face five older horses in the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien (gr. I) as he makes his first start in more than four months on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Del Mar.
Blind Luck, who was under consideration for the Aug. 28 Pacific Classic (gr. I) against males, will instead point toward the Oct. 1 Lady's Secret (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, according to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
With ownership partners Jenny Craig and Marty Wygod looking on from a grandstand box, potential TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) favorite Twirling Candy worked a mile in 1:37 4/5 over the main track at Del Mar Aug. 21.
Joel Rosario, seeking his third straight Del Mar riding title, narrowly escaped injury Aug. 18 in a mid-program spill.
Overall handle figures at Del Mar this summer are down by 5.8% as the seaside track barrels into the second half of its 37-day stand.
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Del Mar Turf Club reported that its "Ship and Win" program, in which horsemen bringing runners from out-of-state are rewarded with bonus payments when those horses start during the current meet, is proving successful.
Trainer Mike Mitchell sent out two winners at Del Mar Thursday, Aug. 11, to tie Hall of Famer Ron McAnally for the title as winningest trainer in the history of the seaside track.
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Jockey Mike Smith sent Joker Face to the front shortly after the break and cruised to an easy, 2 1/4 length triumph over former fiance Chantal Sutherland and Parable in the "Battle of the Exes" at Del Mar Aug. 7.
Potential Pacific Classic (gr. I) favorite Twirling Candy posted a bullet work Aug. 7 when he covered six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 at Del Mar. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride was the fastest of 20 horses at the distance.
Trainer Barry Abrams, one month removed from surgery for recurring throat cancer, made an unexpected visit to Del Mar Aug. 5.
John M. Liviakis' homebred filly Mighty Caroline, second choice in the betting at 4-1 under jockey Joel Rosario, forged to the front in the upper stretch and went on to a 1 1/4-length victory in the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III).
Champion Blind Luck worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 the morning of Aug. 5 at Del Mar. The Aug. 28 Pacific Classic or Personal Ensign (both gr. I) are being considered for her next start.
Killer Graces, winner of consecutive stakes at Hollywood Park, leads a field of eight juvenile fillies for the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 5 at Del Mar.
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An employee of totalizer company Sportech was responsible for incorrect payoffs being posted on the seventh race at Del Mar July 21, 2011, the California Horse Racing Board reported.
After two races paid more than $40 in the sequence, the Del Mar pick six paid out more than $1.1 million dollars to one patron.
Three jockeys involved in a spill in the final race at Del Mar July 24 are returning to action without missing any time.
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Bourbon Bay, a four-time graded stakes winner in California, looks to get back on track when he leads a field of eight in the Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 29 at Del Mar.
Two-time graded stakes winner The Factor, sidelined since May with an ankle injury, returned with his first breeze July 26 at Del Mar.
Claiming activity in Southern California surged at Hollywood Park this summer, a positive indicator for horse ownership as the popular summer meet at Del Mar completes its first week of the 2011 season.
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Sarah's Secret, undefeated in four starts so far, leads a field of 10 sophomore fillies in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) July 24 at Del Mar.
Jockey Mike Smith, who won the opening-day stakes at Del Mar, was arrested hours later in Torrey Highlands, Calif., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to local news reports.
The largest crowd in Del Mar history of 46,588 turned out Wednesday, July 20, for the opening day card at the seaside oval in Southern California.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation that increases from 32 to 50 the limit on the daily number of imported races on which a racing association or fair simulcast facility in the state can accept wagers.
TVG, America's Horseracing Network, will be the exclusive broadcast network of the 2011 Del Mar race meet, offering live, on-site coverage beginning opening day, Wednesday, July 20.
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