Del Mar

‘No Sense In Rushing’: Espinoza Plans Christmas Return To The Saddle

Victor Espinoza, who suffered a fractured vertebra in a training mishap at Del Mar July 22, continues a lengthy and arduous recovery and hopes to resume riding when Santa Anita’s Winter Meet starts on Dec. 26. “He saw the doctors this week and they’re happy with his progress,” agent Brian Beach said Friday morning. “They […]

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Del Mar Releases Stakes Schedule, Boosted By 5 Percent Increase In Overnight Purses

Fourteen stakes races during its 16-day run, as well as a 5% blended increase in its overnight purses, highlight Del Mar’s Fall Racing Festival beginning on Friday, November 9. Nine of the 14 stakes are graded, led by the Grade I pair of the Hollywood Derby and the Matriarch Stakes, both of which will carry $300,000 […]

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Del Mar Unveils Lineup Of Events For Fall Meet

Successfully wrapping up its 79th summer racing season, the iconic Del Mar racetrack is looking towards to its fall meet, known as the Del Mar Fall Racing Festival. The excitement kicks off on Friday, November 9 and will run through Sunday, December 2. Over the course of the 16-day meet, Del Mar will come alive with the nation’s top Thoroughbred racing, signature […]

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Del Mar Hikes Purses Five Percent For Fall Meet

Del Mar is planning a five percent increase in purses for this year’s fall meeting, according to the Daily Racing Form. Twenty of 26 purse categories will increase compared to the 2017 fall meet, and lower-level claiming races are a particular area of attention. A bump in handle during the Del Mar summer meet helped […]

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Report: Espinoza Out Of Neck Brace, More Physical Therapy Ahead

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is out of the neck brace he has worn since late July, but is several weeks away from returning to the saddle. Espinoza is recovering from a fracture of his C-3 vertebra, suffered when he fell from mount Bobby Abu Dhabi when […]

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Off Strong 2017 Meet, Del Mar Registers 6.8 Percent Increase In Daily Average Wagering

All sources handle in 2018 rose 6.8 percent to $13.44 million per day as Del Mar completed a highly successful summer season – its 79th – on Labor Day Monday. The wagering increase follows a 5.1 percent gain in all-sources handle in 2017, which averaged $12.58 million.  The strength of the 2018 summer racing program […]

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Van Dyke, Miller Secure Meet-Leading Titles At Del Mar

Drayden Van Dyke went from six behind in the rider standings to one in front with a Del Mar record-tying seven wins on Sunday, Aug. 19, and tenaciously held on through the final 11 days of the meeting to secure his first major Southern California riding championship at the 79th Del Mar summer meeting. The […]

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Pacific Classic Winner Accelerate Voted Del Mar Horse Of The Meet

An impressive effort in the 28th running of the TVG Pacific Classic that produced a record 12 ½-length margin of victory propelled Accelerate to honors as Horse of the Meeting and top older Horse for the 2018 summer season in a vote of the media at Del Mar. Trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing […]

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Hronis Brothers Net Fourth Del Mar Title In Past Six Years

For the fourth time in the past six years, Kosta and Pete Hronis were Del Mar owner champions after yet another stellar summer at the shore for the brothers from Delano, CA. The pair, who fly their silks under the name Hronis Racing, won a meet-leading total of 11 races along with $1,277,954 in purses, […]

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The ‘Other’ Baffert, Game Winner Kicks Away In Del Mar Futurity

It was Bob Baffert trainee Roadster who drew all the press in the weeks leading up to the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, but on Labor Day it was his stablemate, Gary and Mary West’s Game Winner, who would power home a two-length winner under Mario Gutierrez. The 2-year-old son of Candy Ride, second choice […]

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