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‘Adapting To The New Climate’: Jerkens Happy To Share Credit For Successful Del Mar Meet

As the 80th Del Mar summer season approached, there was concern for, and by, Racing Secretary David Jerkens regarding producing 36 cards and keeping the track running on a five-day-a-week basis from mid-July to Labor Day. Santa Anita lost 24 racing days in the name of safety or not having enough horses to race four […]

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Work In Progress: Trust, Communication Keys To Success For Del Mar Racing Office

The Santa Anita winter/spring meeting lost 24 racing days either in the name of safety or not having enough horses to race four days a week. Los Alamitos cancelled three racing days during its three-week meeting due to a lack of entries. That was the situation facing Del Mar Thoroughbred Club executive vice president, racing […]

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‘Lower Inventory Of Horses’ Will Make Del Mar’s Five-Day Week ‘A Challenge’ For Racing Office

Close of entries and the post position draw for Friday’s card at Del Mar were still a few hours away Tuesday morning as Executive Vice Racing Tom Robbins looked over the first two programs of the meeting. “We’re happy with the first two days, given the lower inventory of horses in California this year and […]

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Wellman: ‘It’s Important To Support Del Mar And California Racing’

It will be 227 days from the December 2 end of the 2018 Fall racing season at Del Mar to Wednesday’s start of the 80th Summer season. And 227 days of absence, coupled with a winter/spring of misfortune and discontent at Santa Anita, appears to have made horsemen’s hearts even fonder than usual for the […]

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Del Mar Ship And Win Program Enhanced Again; First-Race Bonus Raised To $2,500 Plus 40% Of Purse Won

Del Mar’s highly effective “Ship and Win” program, which for the past eight years has provided substantial incentives to owners and trainers to import out-of-state horses to race locally, will be back for a ninth summer at the shore with yet another enhanced bonus package attached in hopes of luring more runners to the seaside […]

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Del Mar: Field Sizes Drop With Rain, But Meet ‘Finishing Especially Strong’

Entering the final week of the Del Mar meeting, the racing office could anticipate average field size numbers for the fall meeting to be close to the outstanding 8.5 of 2017. Then rains hit Thursday and carried over into Friday. Seven races were taken off the Jimmy Durante Turf Course and switched to the main […]

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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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Jerkens ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Momentum Will Carry A Strong Meet To Del Mar

The seal will be broken on the fifth edition of fall racing at Del Mar come Friday afternoon. It is another chapter in a saga centered on the Southern California thoroughbred industry’s resolve to carry on after the demise of Hollywood Park through new days at a favored venue for horsemen and fans alike. And […]

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Del Mar Handle Up Eight Percent Over First Five Weeks

Overall handle has increased more than 8% after five weeks of racing at Del Mar, with two solid weeks of action still to come. Track officials welcomed the Friday announcement of the return of Breeders’ Cup to Del Mar in 2021, then saw a single-day handle mark topple when $25,969,128 was bet on Saturday’s TVG Pacific […]

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