July 22, 1999 |
A year ago, a series of horse deaths during the opening weeks of Del Mar turned out to be just that: a rash of fatalities that didn't continue through the rest of the season. Nevertheless, horsemen were edgy about the safety of Del Mar's dirt surface--some trainers were also not happy with the condition of the grass course--and since last year the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has spent $600,000 rebuilding the main track.
March 22, 1999 |
The Oak Tree Racing Assn., which conducts a fall meet at Santa Anita, will probably run its dates at either Hollywood Park or Del Mar in 2000 because of an ongoing renovation program at Santa Anita. After the completion of the main meet at Santa Anita in April 2000, the east stands, which include the turf club, are going to be torn down and the demolition and the remodeling aren't expected to be finished in time for the Oak Tree season that begins in late September or early October.
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.