Wednesday, July 15 2009

Del Mar Adds New Handicapping Angle – “Polycapping”

Handicappers usually rely on a variety of approaches ranging from “gut feeling” to speed numbers, from trips to biases, from trainer stats to combo plays in trying to pick winners. But for 2009 at the shore, Del Mar handicappers have a new tool called “polycapping.”

There now will be statistics and trends designed strictly to help handicappers figure out how to play Del Mar’s Polytrack surface. “Polycapping” is based on data gathered over the period spanning the track’s previous two years of racing on its synthetic surface.

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Larry Jones pointing four horses for three Del ‘Cap weekend stakes

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, July 14 – Trainer J. Larry Jones will be pointing four of his horses to three Delaware Handicap Festival of Racing stakes this Saturday and Sunday. Jones is planning on entering Payton D’Oro in the mile and a sixteenth $250,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks on Saturday. On Sunday, he is planning on entering both Doc’s Friend and It Happened Again in the mile and a sixteenth $150,000 Grade III Barbaro Stakes and Warrior Made in the seven and a half furlong on the turf $75,000 Light Hearted Stakes.

In her last Payton d’Oro ran second in the mile and a sixteenth $125,000 Susan’s Girl Stakes at Delaware Park on June 20. Previously, the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro had won four straight including the mile and and an eighth Grade II Black Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 15. Her career record is four wins and three seconds from nine starts with earnings of $222,710.

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Money-Winning, Eclipse Champ Gomez Heads Jockey Colony

Headed by Garrett Gomez, the winner of the last two Eclipse Awards as well as the last three national money-winning titles, and supplemented by a strong supporting cast that includes returning seaside riding champ Rafael Bejarano and runner-up Joel Rosario, Del Mar will field one of its strongest jockey colonies ever for its 70th summer season opening Wednesday, July 22.

On his way to the 2008 Eclipse and money title, Gomez finished fourth at the seaside course with 34 wins from 160 mounts, scoring at a noteworthy 21 percent clip. He also won his record fourth Pacific Classic when he guided Horse of the Meeting Go Between to a neck victory.

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Monday, July 13 2009

Musical Lineup in Place For Rockin’ Del Mar Summer

At the racetrack they’ll tell you: "Stick with a winner." The chaps booking Del Mar's musical summer followed that maxim just about to a "T" in lining up the 10 acts that will fill the seaside season with sweet sounds on seven Friday evenings and three weekend dates.

Nine of the performers already have proven themselves favorites at Del Mar at least once, including all three weekend special concerts -- the flashy alternative rock band The Flaming Lips (Saturday, August 15) and the hugely popular reggae groups Steel Pulse (Saturday, August 22) and Ziggy Marley (Sunday, September 6).

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Del Mar Unveils New Entry, Scratch Schedule for 2009 Meet

The advent of a five-day racing schedule for the 2009 Del Mar Thoroughbred meeting will bring changes in entry and scratch procedures during the 37-day season that begins Wednesday, July 22.

The entry schedule will feature one "double-draw" day, instead of the two that prevailed during the 2008 season when racing was conducted six days per week. The "double draw" will occur on Sunday when entries will be taken for races scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays. The rest of the draw schedule has races pulled Wednesday for Saturdays, Thursday for Sunday and Saturday for Wednesday. No entries will be taken Monday, Tuesday or Friday, and there will be no racing on Mondays and Tuesdays at the seaside oval.

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Saturday, July 11 2009

Special Del Mar “Racetracker” Train Returns For 2009

Amtrak once again has scheduled a special Del Mar " racetracker" train on Saturdays and Sundays between Orange County and Solana Beach starting the weekend of July 25 and 26 and running through September 5 and 6.

The trains, which can hold up to 700 riders, will originate at the Santa Ana station at 10:20 a.m. each day. The return trips north will leave Solana Beach at 6:46 p.m.

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Del Mar To Offer Wide Variety Of Simulcasting At Meet

Del Mar once again will offer simulcast racing for watching and wagering from the major New York tracks, as well as Arlington Park and racetracks in Canada during its 37-day meeting starting Wednesday, July 22. Additionally, simulcasting from South America also will be presented, as well as selected major stakes races from around the United States.

Simulcasting will be available every Wednesday through Sunday during the track’s new five-days-per-week schedule throughout the summer. It also will be offered on Mondays when the Saratoga meeting is up and running, starting on August 3 and going through to Labor Day, Monday, September 7. The Monday wagering will be offered in the Hacienda Room off the Plaza de Mexico in the track’s Stretch Run area. There will be no simulcasting on Tuesdays.

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Friday, July 10 2009

Exhibit, Book Signing for “Backside” Set At Del Mar

Photo-journalist Helen Montgomery-Drysdale's collection of black and white pictures of life on the Del Mar backstretch will be displayed at the track this summer -- in an exhibition and also at a book signing featuring her latest work: "Backside: The World Renowned Del Mar Racetrack."

Montgomery-Drysdale, a photographer for more than a half century, noted that she has spent portions of the past 20 years taking intimate photos among the men, women and animals who live at the seaside track each summer. "Simply," she stated, "I did this project because I love the horses and the people."

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Wednesday, July 08 2009

Betting Menu Will Look Familiar for 2009 Meeting

Del Mar in 2009 will offer a betting menu that holds a mirror up to 2008 and does it all again, including the return of the Super High Five, which made its local debut last summer and proved a popular "nitecap" for those who like to take a swing at a big payoff.

The Super High Five is a $1 bet that requires a player to select the first through fifth horses in correct order on the day’s final race. The wager requires at least eight betting interests in order to be offered and, if not hit, 100% of the pool is carried over to the next day’s program. In 2008 a two-day carryover in the pool reached $155,430 and resulted in a single-ticket payout of a record $437,893. The addition of the Super High Five did not preclude Del Mar’s popular Superfecta (first through fourth horses in correct order) on the day's last race and will not do so this year either.

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Tuesday, July 07 2009

Officials Are Named for 2009 Race Meeting at Del Mar

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 70th race meeting beginning Wednesday, July 22 led by a veteran team of racing officials.

Heading up the effort will by DMTC's vice president for racing, Tom Robbins, who also serves as the track's director of racing and racing secretary. This will be his 29th summer in the seaside racing office.

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Thursday, July 02 2009

“Daybreak at Del Mar” Bargain Special for Summer Weekends

Racing fans and all San Diegans once again will have a different -- and inexpensive -- way to start off their weekends throughout the summer with the return of "Daybreak at Del Mar" during the 37-day meeting at Del Mar’s seaside course.

From 7:30 to 9:30 each Saturday and Sunday morning the track presents a sunny outdoor setting next to the ocean to enjoy breakfast and watch beautiful Thoroughbreds strut their stuff in their workouts and gallops. There is no admission charge to the sessions, held at the track’s Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant overlooking the stretch.

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Wednesday, July 01 2009 Offers Online Action, Advantages

Racing fans who like to wager online or by phone -- on races at Del Mar, or on virtually any racetrack in the country year-round -- have a new way to "get down" that provides easy access and notable advantages through the latest in wagering accounts –

The wagering platform, powered by XpressBet, begins operation July 1, and charges no membership, monthly or per-wager fees. Account holders also will be able to access limited free audio and video streaming of races online.

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