Del Mar Racetrack

The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Safety Success, ‘Historical’ Impact?

The summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga are in the books, and there’s plenty to unpack about the results. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the outcomes in terms of safety — and the bottom line. Plus, how much of a difference are historical horse racing machines […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Horse Racing Should Heed Lessons From California

The metrics of the horse racing business have changed. There was a time, when I first got involved in the game in the 1970s, that attendance and wagering were the key numbers in defining success and failure of a race meeting. Off-track betting facilities, full-card simulcasting and advance deposit wagering gutted on-track business and made […]

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Top Pair From La Jolla Handicap Return For Another Battle In Del Mar Derby

On the next-to-last afternoon of the 2019 summer racing season, ten talented three-year-olds will clash in a wide-open renewal of the Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Derby at a mile and one-eighth on grass Sunday.   The 36-day meeting ends Monday, Labor Day, with the traditional closing-day feature, the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity […]

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‘I Could Hear Sunday Silence Breathing’: Reliving An All-Time Workout At Del Mar

Thoroughbred workouts can be gold, or fool’s gold. Gold when they prove to be an indicator of readiness for a racing victory. Fool’s gold when a series of “bullets” in the morning inexplicably leads to a dud of a performance in the afternoon. It’s no wonder that some handicappers swear by the little line of […]

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‘Bing Crosby Season’: Del Mar Slates 14 Stakes Worth Nearly $2 Million For Fall Meet

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its sixth fall racing meet – officially titled the Bing Crosby Season in a salute to the seaside track’s founder – with 14 stakes worth a total of $1,950,000 scheduled during a 15-day session starting on Friday, November 8 and running through to Sunday, December 1. Nine of the […]

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Del Mar: Mandatory Payout Slated For Pick Six On Pacific Classic Day

In what will be one of the richest days of racing outside of the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar history, the track has scheduled an unprecedented five major stakes races – topped by the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic – along with a mandatory payout on its Pick Six as well as a premium giveaway, all […]

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Meet The ‘Safety Seven’: Del Mar’s Veterinarian Team Tasked With Protecting And Serving

Let’s call them the ‘Safety Seven.’ Granted, it’s not a grabber of a group name like the ‘Seven Samurai’ or the ‘Magnificent Seven.’ But the seven veterinarians on duty this summer at the behest of the California Horse Racing Board and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, under the direction of CHRB equine medical director Dr. […]

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‘Clamor To End Horse Racing Would Be Deafening’: Court Documents Shed Light On Del Mar Hollendorfer Ban

A Southern California judge could rule later this week on a complaint filed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer against the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) over the racetrack’s ban of the Hall of Famer. Meanwhile, court documents relating to the matter were obtained by USA Today and reveal in more detail Del Mar’s reasons for the […]

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McBride: Commonly Named Mike Smith One Of A Kind In Thoroughbred Racing

Here’s an easy one for most folks: What’s the most common last name in America?  Bet you didn’t even have to Google that one (though you can and they’ll confirm it).  Sure, it’s Smith. The U.S. Census Bureau lists the top surnames in its every-decade-report: Smith is first, again and again and again. Naturally enough, […]

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Del Mar: Catalina Cruiser Looks For Repeat In San Diego Handicap

Hronis Racing’s classy Catalina Cruiser, champion sprinter of the 2018 Del Mar summer season, figures to be a solid favorite Saturday in the 78th running of the Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap at a mile and one-sixteenth on the main dirt track. Post time for the first of ten races is 2 p.m. Catalina Cruiser, […]

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