July 20, 1997 |
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.
September 12, 1996 |
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.
August 11, 1996 |
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.
August 10, 1996 |
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.
November 10, 1995 |
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."
August 11, 1995 |
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.
September 13, 1994 |
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.
August 6, 1994 |
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.
August 5, 1994 |
While not quite following the lead of the Chicago Cubs out of the daylight and into the night, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will approach the edge of darkness today. First post for an experimental twilight program, the track's first, will be 4 p.m. The card will be shortened to eight races, the seventh being the featured Honey Fox Handicap, because of the flirtation with dusk. The last race is expected to be run at 7:25.
July 27, 1994 |
The I-405/I-5 corridor between Los Angeles and Del Mar, frequently a time-consuming obstacle course for motorists, might have more congestion this racing season because of horse vans rolling in and out of Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. As Del Mar's 43-day season opens today, a number of trainers, including Bobby Frankel, Neil Drysdale and Paco Gonzalez, will be drop-in participants, stabling and training their horses in the Los Angeles area and shipping them south as the races require.