September 5, 1998 |
Trying for his third graded-stakes victory since arriving in the United States late last year, River Bay is the 7-5 favorite against six opponents today in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap. Trained by Bobby Frankel, who last won the Grade II when Luazur upset Kotashaan in 1993, River Bay, a 5-year-old Irish River horse, will be making his first start since winning the Sunset Handicap on July 19 at Hollywood Park.
September 3, 1998 |
Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. surpassed Bill Shoemaker on one front and inched closer to him on another Wednesday. When Pincay, 51, directed 5-1 shot Lady Cadet to victory in the sixth race, it made him the winningest rider in Del Mar history. Pincay, who tied Shoemaker on Monday when Sea Crest won the fourth race, has 890 wins in 23 seasons at this track. Shoemaker rode 889 winners in 26 seasons.
August 15, 1998 |
In the last three weeks, one of trainer Doug Peterson's horses suffered a fatal breakdown on the main track at Del Mar and another, an expensive claim, suffered a career-ending injury on the turf course. Peterson says he can't trust Del Mar anymore. "The meet's only about half over and the grass course has had it," he said. "There comes a time when you can look at a grass course and know you're not doing well by the horses to run them over it. That time's already here at this track."
August 14, 1998 |
Del Mar Race Track, hard-hit by injuries during the first half of the season, sustained two more during training hours Thursday when Bravo Gannis, a 4-year-old gelding, was euthanized after breaking a leg and Prosperous Bid, a top 3-year-old in trainer Bob Baffert's barn, suffered a career-ending leg injury. Bravo Gannis, who was still a maiden, and Rusty's Gold were running in the stretch when Bravo Gannis broke down. Jockey J.C.
August 11, 1998 |
They ran the seventh race here on Monday, but not exactly as scheduled. Six minutes before post time, it was announced that the $78,000 allowance race was being moved from the grass to the dirt because of complaints by jockeys who had ridden the turf course earlier in the day. A sprinkler malfunction on Friday, combined with racing over the turf course on Saturday and Sunday, caused some soft spots on the clubhouse turn.
July 21, 1998 |
Drumm Valley, a 7-year-old gelding whose last win had come in Boise, Idaho, 366 days ago, won Monday's $109,600 Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap, the closing-day feature for the 60th-anniversary meeting at Hollywood Park. Chris McCarron finished fourth in the Kerlan with Sam's, the even-money favorite, and didn't have any winners on the card, but he still nailed down his 25th Southern California riding title. McCarron finished with 52 wins to 50 for Corey Nakatani, who was also blanked Monday.
September 6, 1997 |
With only four racing days remaining in a meeting that seemingly just started, here are one reporter's opinions on the bests of the season: * Horse of the meeting--Gentlemen. He did what he was supposed to do in the Pacific Classic, but the effort certainly wasn't his best. Still, he struggled over a surface a lot of horses had trouble handling from one day to the next, so there's no need for his connections to fret over his less-than-scintillating performance.
September 3, 1997 |
Ryan Barber, an apprentice jockey who was pushed off his mount by jockey Corey Nakatani at the finish line of a race at Del Mar on Aug. 3, has filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for alleged assault, battery and emotional distress. The complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Barber alleges that Nakatani galloped alongside him and shoved him off his mount after their horses crossed the finish line. Barber claims he missed weeks of riding as a result of the incident.
August 5, 1997 |
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.
August 2, 1997 |
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.