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.
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."