By unofficial count, the first week totals for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., were 43 races with a total of 342 runners for an average field size of 7.95.
“Generally what I expected,” Del Mar Racing Secretary David Jerkens said Wednesday morning.
“The industry is relying on us to run five days a week and we're doing our best to do that. I'm encouraged by the entries on Thursday and Friday, but the numbers are what they are, and we're dealing with a 10 percent reduction in the horse population going into this meet.
“Actually it could have been a lot worse and we're grateful and thankful for the horsemen that are participating. We're taking it day by day.”
Before scratches, there were 194 entries for 22 races for the first three days of Week II, an average of 8.8 per race.
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