Saturday, July 25 2009

Del Mar Stable Notes 7/25/09


Well Armed will make his first start since winning the Dubai World Cup in March when he takes to Del Mar's track next Sunday, August 2, to defend his title in the Grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

Trainer Eoin Harty this morning confirmed the San Diego start, and named Aaron Gryder, who has been aboard for the past 10 races run by the 6-year-old son of Tiznow. Gryder has guided him to eight in-the-money finishes in that time, including four graded victories. The 14-length win in Dubai was one of the most impressive World Cup victories ever.

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Injured Jockey Bejarano Out of Intensive Care Unit

Jockey Rafael Bejarano, injured seriously in a spill on Wednesday’s opening day at Del Mar, has been released from the intensive care unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and placed in a private room, according to Dr. John Agostino, a Del Mar track physician.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 7/24/09


The jockey-agent carousel is awhirl at Del Mar, with Michael Baze and David Flores switching rides at the end of the first week.

Baze has left Jim Pegram for Ron Ebanks, who also represents Baze’s cousin, Tyler, who is tied at the top of the jockey standings after two days of the meet. Ebanks, who has already begun booking mounts for Michael Baze, said the addition of the rider had Tyler’s blessing.

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Friday, July 24 2009

Injured Rider Bejarano Expected To Leave Hospital Friday

Rafael Bejarano, who sustained serious facial injuries in a spill Wednesday during the third race on Del Mar’s opening-day program, was reported doing well at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla Thursday by his agent, Joe Ferrer.

“He’s beginning to heal and he is expected to be released from the hospital Friday,” Ferrer said. “There’s no timetable on when he might be completely healed, but the doctors tell me facial bones heal faster than any of the other bones in the body.”

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Thursday, July 23 2009

Del Mar Stable Notes 7/23/09

Wednesday’s opening-day crowd of 44,907 at Del Mar, the racing jewel beside the Pacific, broke all records for on-track attendance. Not only was it a record for an opening day, it eclipsed the all-time mark of 44,181 set August 16, 1996 when Cigar ran in the $1-million Pacific Classic in an effort to set a North American record of 17 straight victories.

He didn’t succeed, losing to long shot Dare And Go.

The previous record for opening day was 43,459, set in 2008.

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Del Mar Sets Attendance Recort/Introduces Betting Platform

On-track attendance totaled 44,907, the largest crowd in Del Mar history, eclipsing the previous record of 44,181 set in 1996 when Dare and Go upset Cigar in the Pacific Classic. Last year's attendance on opening day was 43,459.

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Bejarano Suffers Serious Injuries in Del Mar Spill

X-ray examination at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla revealed that Rafael Bejarano, one of America’s leading jockeys, suffered multiple facial fractures as the result of a spill in the third race Wednesday, opening-day of the 2009 Del Mar summer racing season.

According to Dr. Philip Sanderson, physican who initially examined Bejarano in the track first aid station, x-rays showed that Bejarano suffered fractures of the jaw, nose and orbital bones in the mid-stretch mishap which occurred when his mount, Mi Rey, broke down, unseating Bejarano, who appeared to have been clipped by a trailing horse.

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Tuesday, July 21 2009

Full Field Set For Del Mar’s Opening Day Oceanside Stakes

Del Mar begins its 70th season of racing Wednesday with the traditional opening-day feature, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, headlining the 10-race card.

A full field of 10 3-year-olds is set to go in the Oceanside, slated as the eighth race of the day. Four horses make up the also-eligible list, thereby assuring a full field for the one-mile race over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. It marks the first time since 1988 that the race hasn’t been run in divisions.

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Friday, July 17 2009

Del Mar Set For Its 70th Season of Racing at the Seashore

If it’s July, it’s Del Mar time.

The historic racetrack bordering the blue Pacific will open its 70th racing season Wednesday, July 22 with 10 races headlined by the traditional opening-day featured Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

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Del Mar To Offer All Major ADW Services For 2009 Meet

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced a “full house” of advanced deposit wagering platforms for its 2009 race meeting, which opens Wednesday (July 22) and runs through September 9.

Action on the seaside track will be available to ADW players through the four major account-wagering companies —,, and — as well as through Del Mar’s new betting platform – – which opened for business on July 1.

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Thursday, July 16 2009

The Artist Known as “Peb” Puts Del Mar’s History in Faces

Color and characters create a splashy history lesson at Del Mar, as the track prepares to open its 70th season of Thoroughbred racing next Wednesday.

The history becomes real through the unique artistry of Pierre Bellocq, known more familiarly as ˜Peb,” the longtime caricaturist for Daily Racing Form, and the special mural he has created for the track. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will hold an official unveiling of the piece on Saturday, July 25, with numerous characters in it expected to be on hand. The artist also will be there that day to sign posters.

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Del Mar To Emphasize ‘Smoke Free’ Concerts in 2009

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has adopted new policies to promote “smoke free” concerts and encourage “responsible” consumption of alcoholic beverages when it opens for its 70th summer racing season next Wednesday.

Fans attending the races and the concerts that follow them are subject to the no smoking policy that exists on the 350-acre Del Mar Fairgrounds for all indoor areas and outdoor seating, as well as concert areas when the shows are in progress. DMTC has 10 major concerts planned during the summer, seven on Friday evenings and the others on weekends.

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