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Del Mar takes first step towards hosting Breeders’ Cup

Ed Zieralski reports in U-T San Diego that, although they are in the preliminary stages of the process, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) has taken the first step towards hosting a Breeders’ Cup World Championships event. Del Mar vice president of marketing, Craig Dado, confirmed that DMTC submitted a “declaration of interest” that was due […]

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TVG dives into HD with Keeneland, Del Mar deals

TVG announced today that it has signed new agreements with Keeneland and Del Mar as part of a major new initiative to pursue daily coverage of U.S. horseracing in high definition television on its nationally distributed television network.  Under the agreements, TVG will televise racing from Keeneland and Del Mar exclusively through at least 2016, […]

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Same old Drill; Baffert wins 10th Del Mar Futurity

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s dominance of one of the West Coast’s most important 2-year-old races continued on Wednesday, when the Lawyer Ron colt Drill rallied to a hard-fought victory in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, the seaside racetrack’s traditional closing-day feature. The win by Drill – owned by Baffert’s longest-running client, Mike […]

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City to City: win No. 6,005 and counting for Hollendorfer

City to City, winless in three starts in 2011, knifed through between horses entering the stretch under jockey Garrett Gomez and went on to win the featured Grade 2 Palomar Handicap for older fillies and mares Monday. City to City, trained by recent Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Hollendorfer who on Saturday sent out his […]

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Del Mar adding $1 million in retroactive payments to record 2011 purses

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will pay its horsemen a record under-payment amount in excess of $1-million following the conclusion of its 37-day race meeting on Wednesday. The payment, which will see owners receive at least an additional 8% on top of their overnight purse earnings during the seven-week session, was realized because of record purses, […]

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‘Ship and win’ has been a win-win for Del Mar

Del Mar CEO Joe Harper, who thought by now they’d be scraping the bottom of the barrel, is instead pleasantly surprised with the volume of entries throughout the course of the 37-day meet. Harper gives much of the credit to Del Mar’s successful “Ship and Win” program. Going into the final week of racing at […]

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Wounded soldiers will enjoy a day at Del Mar courtesy of some generous owners

California horse owner Bob Bone, along with several buddies, is the driving force behind an event to be held at Del Mar Racetrack on Labor Day Monday honoring 150 wounded soldiers recently returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The soldiers will enjoy a day at the races including lunch, free wagering vouchers, meet-and-greet with leading […]

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Caracortado’s fast final quarter nets narrow Del Mar Mile win over Mr. Commons

PRESS RELEASERunning his last quarter in a blazing 22 seconds flat, 7-5 favored Caracortado and jockey Joe Talamo forged to the front in the final stride to nose out talented  three-year-old Mr. Commons in the featured Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile Saturday before 17,305 fans. Caracortado, a California-bred four-year-old son of Cat Dreams, scored […]

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Peruvian horse, Chilean jockey team for CTT-TOC Handicap victory

PRESS RELEASEPeruvian-bred Private Affair, making her United States debut and piloted by   champion Chilean jockey Hector Berrios, rallied through the stretch to win Friday’s featured $90,290 CTT-TOC Handicap for older fillies and mares. Private Affair, a four-year-old filly who arrived in America five months ago after competing at San Isidro racetrack  in Argentina, closed along […]

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Del Mar vs Saratoga: Settling a Rivalry

On my flight back from Saratoga last week, it occurred to me I may be part of a very select group of people who have had the privilege of experiencing Thoroughbred racing for the first time at Del Mar and Saratoga over the same summer. My frequent flier miles have accrued but more so, I […]

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