Southern California racing

‘Jumping In With Both Feet’: Jockey Talamo Moving From SoCal To Arkansas, Kentucky

Like fellow veteran Southern California jockey Martin Garcia, Joe Talamo has decided to pick up and move east, seeking more riding and bigger purse opportunities, reports the Daily Racing Form. Talamo tells DRF he plans to arrive in Arkansas for the start of the Oaklawn meeting Jan. 24. From there, he plans to ride on […]

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Jockey Martin Garcia Moving Tack To Midwest From Southern California

Although jockey Martin Garcia rode at Del Mar over the weekend, his agent tells the Daily Racing Form Garcia is leaving Southern California to ride in the Midwest, starting Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Agent Jay Fedor told DRF Garcia, 35, will also ride at Turfway Park and then at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, beginning in […]

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‘Ship And Win’ Program Returns For Del Mar Fall Meet

“Ship and Win,” the simple horse recruitment program that has proven highly effective over the past eight years at Del Mar, will be in place once more when Del Mar opens its upcoming four-week fall racing stand, known as the Bing Crosby Season and presented between November 8 and December 1. Just as it DID […]

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Santa Anita: Clocker’s Corner Back In Business As Morning Training Resumes

A popular breakfast destination for decades, Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner has reopened to the public and horsemen alike, with food and beverage service offered from 5 to 10 a.m. seven days a week. As Santa Anita’s Stable Area was closed for routine maintenance for the better part of the summer, Clockers’ Corner’s reopening coincides with […]

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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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‘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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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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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Where The Turf Meets The Surf

I’ve made no secret of my love for Southern California’s Del Mar racetrack. Located on fair grounds property leased from the state’s 22nd Agricultural District 20 miles north of San Diego and a few furlongs from the Pacific Ocean, it’s the only North American track whose theme song’s lyrics tells you how to get there.  […]

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Del Mar Names Veteran Team For Upcoming Summer Meet

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 80th summer racing season beginning Wednesday led by a seasoned collection of veteran racing officials. As they have for the past six years, Tom Robbins and David Jerkens will team up to run the show out of the seaside track’s racing department. Robbins, who hails from one of […]

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Santa Anita: San Marco, Baffle Stakes Rescheduled Due To Expected Storms

Due to the heavy rains forecast for Southern California this weekend, Santa Anita has postponed a pair of grass stakes. The Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes scheduled for Saturday and Sunday’s Baffle Stakes have been moved to Feb. 9. Both races were supposed to go down the hillside turf course. All other races scheduled for […]

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