Richard Tedesco

‘I’ll Never Forget’: Shirreffs Reflects On Zenyatta’s Remarkable Run

The Clement L. Hirsch Stakes isn’t the only race that, when it comes up on the calendar, gets trainer John Sherriffs thinking about Zenyatta. The Hirsch, a Grade I $300,000 event that will be run for the 49th time on Sunday at Del Mar, was one of four stakes won multiple times by the great […]

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Drenching Rain Forces Races Off Turf At Del Mar For First Time In Three Years

A quarter-inch of rain drenched the track early Thursday morning and with forecasts for even stronger storms to hit 90 minutes to an hour before first post, track officials decided to close the main surface to training and move four races on the eight-race card from the turf to the main track. “We just want […]

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Del Mar’s Tedesco battling super fast track

Del Mar track superintendent Richard Tedesco was able to slow down Del Mar’s Polytrack on Friday after some near record-setting times on Thursday, according to a North County Times report. “When I saw eight and change (1 minute, 8 seconds) for one of the early races (Thursday), I knew there was a problem, and it […]

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Santa Anita to name new track superintendent

The Racing Form’s Brad Free reports Santa Anita will soon name a new track superintendent to replace Richard Tedesco, who tendered his resignation in May. Tedesco held the position the past four years, during which time Santa Anita’s dirt surface was re-installed to replace two types of synthetic surfaces that did not perform to expectations. […]

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Poor Richard’s Dirt Track Foiled by Weather

In Jay Hovdey’s usual elegant and biting style, we get to see the problems behind the new Santa Anita track through the eyes of track superintendent Richard Tedesco, who has struggled with the rains that have produced major setbacks at the Arcadia, Calif. track. Calling the rains “a deluge of Old Testament proportions”, Hovdey seems […]

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Training Troubles in California

Will Santa Anita Park executives, particularly track superintendent Richard Tedesco, have a long honeymoon with Southern California horsemen despite having to close the new dirt racing surface to training with just one week to go before the opening of the winter-spring meeting? The main track was closed for training due to rainfall Saturday and Sunday, […]

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Santa Anita’s new dirt track closed to training after half-inch of rain hits area

One week before opening day, Santa Anita Park’s new dirt surface was closed to training when over a half-inch of rain hit the area on Friday night and Saturday morning. Track superintendent Richard Tedesco told Daily Racing Form the outside portion of the track could be open for jogging on Sunday morning. “We’ve got a […]

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By Ray PaulickUPDATE: During a regularly scheduled meeting of the California Horse Racing Board Thursday morning, Del Mar officials Joe Harper and Craig Fravel addressed the board on the condition of the Polytrack surface, which was closed for training earlier in the morning. Fravel told the CHRB the power harrowing conducted overnight “has a tendency […]

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