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August 5, 1997 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a two-hour hearing Monday, Del Mar stewards Ingrid Fermin, David Samuel and George Slender said they will rule Wednesday on the incident involving jockeys Ryan Barber and Corey Nakatani after Sunday's seventh race. Apparently angry after being shut off by Barber while trying to rally along the inside with Boldly Ruhl, Nakatani came up alongside Barber and pushed the apprentice off his mount, Policy Maker, while galloping out past the wire.
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August 2, 1997 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Jockey David Flores suffered a chipped disk in his back and separated a shoulder in a spill during Friday's fifth race here. Flores, 29, was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. His agent, Jim Pegram, confirmed his injuries. "He's stable," said Pegram, who speculated Flores could be sidelined from six to eight weeks.
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July 20, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Young and old, anyone with a hunch on a horse answers Del Mar's clarion call and settles in here for a day, a week or a season during the summer racing meet. Johnny Burke and the track's founder, Bing Crosby, wrote the Del Mar anthem--"Where the Turf Meets the Surf"--in 1938, and their lyrics still apply: Take a plane, take a train, take a car. Del Mar is as timeless as the song.
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September 12, 1996 | JIM MURRAY
Two-year-old racehorses are like teenagers everywhere. All the good breeding in the world won't guarantee they won't, so to speak, run off with a rock band or join the circus or drop out generally and spend the rest of their lives breaking your heart. But, then, of course, some of them pay attention to business, join the establishment, make a name for themselves and succeed in business beyond your wildest expectations.
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August 11, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This track was tested like never before Saturday and, by all accounts, it passed. The on-track attendance of 44,181 was nearly 10,000 more than the previous record of 34,697 who showed up on opening day of the 1994 meeting. The handle also shattered the previous best. A total of $20.8 million was bet on Saturday's card, surpassing the old mark of $15,506,324, set Aug. 19 of last year. Most important of all, things seemed to run smoothly, and although Cigar lost for the first time since Oct.
SPORTS
August 10, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE
The state of California and a horsemen's welfare fund expect to be big beneficiaries at Del Mar today if Cigar wins the Pacific Classic and many bettors keep their tickets as souvenirs. About $200,000 in bets on Cigar haven't been cashed from the day he won the Arlington Citation Challenge last month. And most of the $2 win tickets on Cigar have not been cashed at Suffolk Downs, where Cigar won the Massachusetts Handicap in June.
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November 10, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shortage of at least $300,000 from an off-track betting facility, money that apparently was bet by a parimutuel clerk during the last two weeks of the Del Mar horse racing season. "No arrests have been made, but we have some suspects," said Sgt. Steve Hill, who is heading the investigation. "We've done some partial interviews with some people."
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August 11, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who later made references to suicide ran across the track during the stretch run of the feature race at Del Mar on Thursday, barely escaping contact with several horses that were driving for the finish line. The man, carrying a duffel bag filled with personal belongings, jumped the outer rail as the horses reached the top of the stretch.
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September 13, 1994 | DAVE DISTEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buoyed by a meeting during which average total handle and track attendance took significant upturns, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is looking at the possibility of holding the Breeders' Cup races in 1997. "We have been having preliminary discussions," said Joe Harper, president and general manager. "But there are still things which need to be done." Although Breeders' Cup day is national in scope, the hurdles Del Mar must overcome are much closer to home, Harper said.
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August 6, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The popular image of a trainer at Del Mar is someone on a seven-week paid vacation, with one foot in the Pacific Ocean and one hand on a stopwatch. It's a misconception, of course. Del Mar is far more pleasant than Aqueduct in the winter, or Thistledown any time, but it's still a six-day racing week, one more than average on the Southern California circuit. For a half-dozen trainers at the seaside track, this season has been more than that.
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