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  • Double-Digit Increases at Del Mar

    At it passed the mid-point of its 2009 meet, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reported double-digit increases in on-track attendance and wagering.

  • Del Mar's 2009 attendance is up over last year.

    Del Mar Opening Week On-Track Business Up

    Del Mar officials announced that figures for the Southern California track's first week of its summer meet was up in both on-track attendance and on-track handle.

  • New Wagering Platform Unveiled by Del Mar

    A new wagering platform called DelMarBets.com that allows bettors to make wagers online or by phone on Del Mar and other racetracks in the country year-round began operation July 1.

  • Del Mar and Darley Form Partnership

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Darley have announced a partnership starting in 2009 highlighted by the renaming of the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) as the Darley Debutante.

  • Del Mar Prepared to Make Adjustments

    Del Mar's traditional seven-week summer meet could undergo some changes in the next few years, as Hollywood Park heads for development and the entire Southern California racing calendar adjusts.

  • Opening Day at Del Mar brought out the crowd.

    Del Mar Focuses On More Consistent Track

    Water, designed to keep Del Mar's Polytrack more consistent from morning to afternoon, also led to three track records opening day, July 16, at the Southern California track. The five races carded over the synthetic surface were run at four different distances, with new marks set at 5 1/2 furlongs, six furlongs and a mile.

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    Polytrack Debuts Successfully at Del Mar

    Trainer T.R. (Ray) Bell II and jockey Jon Court had never received so much attention for capturing a maiden event as they did when Special Smoke became the first horse to win a race over Del Mar's new Polytrack racing surface July 18.

  • Record $7.25M to be Offered at Del Mar in Major Stakes Purses

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will serve up its richest and most prestigious stakes schedule ever during a 43-day stand between July 18 and Sept. 5. Just as it did last summer, the seaside gem will feature 30 major stakes events but they will be worth a record total of $7.25 million.

  • Shoemaker Foundation to be Dissolved

    The Shoemaker Foundation, named in honor of jockey Bill Shoemaker and established to assist injured racetrack personnel, is in the process of being dissolved, according to the Lexington <i>Herald-Leader</i>

  • Del Mar Execs Take Polytrack Plan to Agricultural Board

    Executives with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have taken a first step toward installing Polytrack at the popular seaside racetrack when they made a presentation to the 22nd District Agricultural Association during its board meeting Jan. 10.

  • Del Mar Execs Take Polytrack Plan to Agricultural Board

    Executives with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have taken a first step toward installing Polytrack at the popular seaside racetrack when they made a presentation to the 22nd District Agricultural Association during its board meeting Jan. 10.

  • Del Mar Wagering Increases; Attendance Dips Slightly

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concluded its 66th summer season of racing Wednesday by establishing a new record for total pari-mutuel handle of more than $600 million during the 43-day meeting.

  • Corey Johnsen Elected President of TRA

    Corey S. Johnsen, president of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie and Remington Park, was elected the 32nd president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) at its annual board of directors' meeting Thursday at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.

  • TRA Wants Jockeys' Guild to Account for Funds

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations will ask the Jockeys' Guild to explain how it spends the $2.2 million a year it gives the Guild in exchange for their claim to media rights, TRA president Joe Harper said Dec. 9 after the organization met in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Panel: Ethics Code for Horse Sales Needs Teeth

    A code of ethics for the bloodstock industry must be firm and enforceable, officials said during a Dec. 9 panel discussion at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing in Tucson. Otherwise, problems recognized by the industry will go uncorrected, they said.

  • Phillip O&#39;Hara, new CEO of Equibase.

    O'Hara Named President of Equibase

    Former Penn National executive Phillip O'Hara has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Equibase, the official database of Thoroughbred racing statistics and information.

  • Del Mar Details $3 Million in Track Upgrades

    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.

  • CTBA's Yearling Sale to Return to Del Mar Racetrack

    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.

  • Del Mar's Rent Payment to State Sets Record

    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.

  • Gary Stevens lies on the ground after falling off Storming Home at the end of the Arlington Million.

    Stevens Has Collapsed Lung, Agent Says

    Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens suffered a collapsed lung but no broken bones in Saturday's fall, when he was run over by a trailing horse after the finish of the Arlington Million (gr. IT), according to Steven's theatrical agent.

  • Issues Break Through Breed Barriers for TRA, HTA

    The first joint meeting of the boards of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America was considered a success, but whether the two organizations continue to meet jointly on a regular basis remains to be seen.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Magna Skeptics

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- If the investment community is unclear about the direction Magna Entertainment is heading, it isn't alone. People in racing also are wondering exactly what chairman Frank Stronach has in mind for the company that has either acquired or has agreements to purchase racetracks in nine states and in one province of Canada.

  • Magna Skeptics

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- If the investment community is unclear about the direction Magna Entertainment is heading, it isn't alone. People in racing also are wondering exactly what chairman Frank Stronach has in mind for the company that has either acquired or has agreements to purchase racetracks in nine states and in one province of Canada.

  • Magna Skeptics

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- If the investment community is unclear about the direction Magna Entertainment is heading, it isn't alone. People in racing also are wondering exactly what chairman Frank Stronach has in mind for the company that has either acquired or has agreements to purchase racetracks in nine states and in one province of Canada.

  • Lanni Leaves Magna Board of Directors

    Citing time constraints due to his responsibilities as chairman of the board and CEO of MGM Mirage, Terrence Lanni has resigned from the board of Magna Entertainment.

  • Del Mar Announces Purse Hike

    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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Strauss Named Del Mar Board Chairman

    Robert S. Strauss, former ambassador to Russia and one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will replace the retiring John Mabee as chairman of the board of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Also, Betty Mabee, John's wife and partner in Golden Eagle Farm, has been added to Del Mar's board of directors.

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    Del Mar Looks to Entertainment to Lure Customers

    The 43-day meet, which this year begins Wednesday, July 18, is often considered the jewel of California racing. One of the selling points of Del Mar is that it's nestled along the coastline with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. But management said atmosphere really hasn't been enough to lure big crowds.

  • Pacific Classic Returns to ESPN

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's premier event -- the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic -- once again will be televised by ESPN when it is presented for the 11th time at the shore track on Sunday, August 19.