Del Mar

GO BETWEEN TAKES PACIFIC CLASSIC

By Ray Paulick Garrett Gomez capped a huge weekend Sunday at Del Mar, winning the $1-million Pacific Classic aboard Peter Vegso’s Go Between, who wore down Well Armed in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by a neck. Mast Track finished third and Zappa was fourth in the 18th running of the mile […]

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MINOR TAKES ON MAGNA

By Ray Paulick While CNET founder Halsey Minor continues his efforts to purchase Hialeah Park from current owner John Brunetti, he also has contacted financially troubled Magna Entertainment about the possible sale of Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles and the company’s two Maryland Jockey Club tracks, Pimlico and Laurel. But after speaking with […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 13-20

Saratoga typically dominates the racing scene in late July and August, so it was good news for Del Mar that the West Coast track had its opening a week earlier than the Spa this year, putting it in the national spotlight at least for a few days. And a very good debut  it was, […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 20-27

By Ray Paulick Saratoga opens, and so do the skies. That sums up the first several days of the upstate New York Spa’s business, which is not good news for a bankrupt organization that says it will need more bailout money from the state sometime in the next couple of months. Heavy rains […]

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DEAR JOHN…AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BRUNETTI

Dear John, Are you nuts? I mean, seriously, how do you want your legacy to read? John J. Brunetti, the savior of Hialeah Park, the man who fought the establishment for years after buying the South Florida track in 1977, resisted the temptation to sell the historic grande dame of racing to developers, and […]

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ACCOUNT WAGERING DEAL STRUCK FOR DEL MAR

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, according to sources, TVG exercised its exclusivity and told the Thoroughbred Owners of California that it would not allow some of the other account-wagering companies to offer online betting on Del Mar. As a result, TwinSpires.com and XpressBet customers in certain states may only bet on Del Mar using their telephone, […]

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HATS OFF TO DEL MAR OPENER

Del Mar racetrack on opening day is a little like that restaurant Yogi Berra used to talk about: “No one goes there anymore; it’s too crowded,” he has often been quoted as saying. There were 43,459 on-hand Wednesday, the largest opening in the track’s history and the second-largest crowd ever behind the 44,181 who […]

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