Thursday, July 30 2009

Del Mar Stable Notes 7/30/09


Eight equine athletes, including a filly, will put Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed to the test as he heads a field of nine in Sunday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The start in the San Diego, in defense of his 2008 victory in the $1-million Pacific Classic prep, will be Well Armed's first since his 14-length victory in the World Cup March 28 at Nad al Sheba.

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Del Mar Stable Notes 7/29/09


Del Mar put its first week in the books Sunday and track officials found reason to smile when the numbers were tallied at both the wickets and the tote to start the 2009 racing season.

The average daily attendance of 22,674 for Week 1 vs. Week 1 of 2008 showed the seaside course up 14.9 percent. Similarly, handle for 2009’s first week of $2,732,147 was up 12.3 percent on track over 2008.

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Monday, July 27 2009

Life After The World Cup: Well Armed Ready To Flex Muscles

Many horses returning from competing in the Dubai World Cup never seem to recapture the form that got them there in the first place.

So do you chalk it up as a bad thing overall?

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Song of Navarone, trained by Walther Solis, joined the “committed” list this morning for next Sunday’s 68th running of the Grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap, a “Win and You’re In” race for an automatic spot in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Song of Navarone came to Solis in time to run in Hollywood Park’s Californian and Hollywood Gold Cup, where he finished fourth and 11th, respectively. He spent the early part of his career racing at New Mexico’s Zia Park and Sunland Park for trainer Henry Dominguez, whose brother, Cesar, is a longtime Southern California conditioner.

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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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