Thursday, September 08 2011


Del Mar Finishes Up Right For 2011 Racing Season


“We adapted, we adjusted, we partnered, we promoted and we worked hard. In the end, we managed to do what most everyone in this business hopes to do – we conducted a helluva good race meeting that was fun for everyone involved.” -- Joe Harper, CEO, president and general manager, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Del Mar’s 72nd season of Thoroughbred sport raced to a successful conclusion Wednesday, finishing out a 37-day run that many are seeing as one of the best in its storied history.





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Drill, Baffert Win Del Mar Futurity


Providing trainer Bob Baffert with an amazing tenth victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity, lightly-raced but talented Drill survived a bumping skirmish in the final strides to win Del Mar’s traditional Grade I closing-day headliner for two-year-olds Wednesday.

Drill, ridden by Martin Garcia, was knocked sideways in the final strides when Majestic City bore out sharply, forcing 4-5 favored Creative Cause out into the eventual winner, who reached the wire a neck in front.





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Rosario/Mitchell top 2011 Jock/Trainer Standings


Joel Rosario became the first jockey to win three consecutive Del Mar riding titles in 57 years with a 49-42 win margin over Joe Talamo for the 2011 crown. Leading by only two with three days remaining, Rosario won four races on Sunday and three more Monday of Labor Day weekend to pull away.

Rosario, a 26-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, won the 2010 title over Rafael Bejarano with a victory in the final race of the meeting after a dominating performance in 2009 when he recorded 56 wins to 32 for runner-up Tyler Baze.





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FOUR TO GO, REFLECTIONS ON THE 72ND SUMMER SEASON


A foursome of comments on the Del Mar meeting that ends today, collected on a morning tour of the stable area.

Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally: “I’ve always loved Del Mar, and I’ve been coming here since 1948. What’s that, 63 years? I can’t get enough of it, I wish the meeting was longer.”





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Tuesday, September 06 2011


City To City Wins Palomar Handicap


City to City, usually there or thereabouts in her races but winless in 2011, knifed through between horses entering the stretch under jockey Garrett Gomez and went on to win the featured $150,000 Palomar Handicap for older fillies and mares Monday.

City to City, trained by recent Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Hollendorfer who this summer also sent out his 6,000th winner, reached the wire three-quarters of a length in front of the pacesetting Medaglia d’Amour and jockey Joe Talamo, with Go Forth North, the lukewarm 4-1 favorite, checking in third in the field of nine distaffers. All Star Heart was fourth.





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Del Mar To Pay Its Horsemen $1-Million-Plus In Added Purses


Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will pay its horsemen a record under-payment amount in excess of $1-million following the conclusion of its 37-day race meeting on Wednesday.

The payment, which will see owners receive at least an additional 8% on top of their overnight purse earnings during the seven-week session, was realized because of record purses, good field size and solid wagering numbers during the track’s 72nd season.





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Del Mar Stable Notes 9/5/11


DEL MAR TO PAY HORSEMEN $1-MILLION-PLUS IN ADDED PURSES

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will pay its horsemen a record under-payment amount in excess of $1-million following the conclusion of its 37-day race meeting on Wednesday.

The payment, which will see owners receive at least an additional 8% on top of their overnight purse earnings during the seven-week session, was realized because of record purses, good field size and solid wagering numbers during the track’s 72nd season.





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Monday, September 05 2011


Banned Wins Del Mar Derby


Glen Hill Farm’s Banned, a classy invader from the Midwest, took the lead in the stretch, lost it briefly, then came on again in the final, desperate strides to nose out Santa Anita Derby winner Midnight Interlude and win the featured Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Derby Sunday.

With Garrett Gomez in the saddle, Banned, 9-10 favorite in a field of nine three-year-olds, took a short lead from the outside in the upper stretch and appeared on his way to a decisive triumph. However, Midnight Interlude, piloted by Rafael Bejarano, battled back courageously and was just outnodded at the wire. Third, only another half-length back, was Extensive, who was the same margin in front of fourth-place Cloud Man.





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Del Mar Stable Notes 9/4/11


DELIGHT LINGERS IN POST-DEBUTANTE DAWN

It was a little after 7 a.m. and trainer Peter Eurton confessed that he had “just shown up” at his Barn X headquarters. A bit later than is his habit, but with a reasonable explanation.

The celebration dinner at L’Auberge on Saturday evening after Weemissfrankie’s victory in the Grade I, $250,000 Del Mar Debutante had around 25 people in attendance from an ownership group that includes Sharon Alesia of La Costa, Mike Mellen, Joe Ciaglia, Rob Dyrdek and Nick Cosato, all of Los Angeles. Eurton was among the earliest to call it a night, at around 10. Others took cabs to downtown San Diego to continue the celebration of the impressive, 1 ¼-length victory as the 5-2 favorite in 1:23.20 for seven furlongs.





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Sunday, September 04 2011


Weemissfrankie Wins Del Mar Debutante


Weemissfrankie, winner of a maiden race in her career debut on opening-day, July 20, of the Del Mar racing season, stamped herself as a two-year-old filly to reckon on the national stage later this year with an impressive triumph Saturday in the Grade I $250,000 Del Mar Debutante.

Rallying from mid-pack on the far outside turning into the stretch, Weemissfrankie, the 2-1 favorite, quickly gained command under jockey Rafael Bejarano and continued on strongly to the wire to win by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:23.20 for the seven furlongs.





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Del Mar Stable Notes 9/3/11


WITH LAST CARD IN BOOKS, ROBBINS REFLECTS

The dark clouds looming on the horizon at the start of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club race meeting, welled up by a horse shortage in California, never produced a storm of trouble.

Much to the surprise of many racing insiders, including DMTC Executive Vice President/racing secretary Tom Robbins. Entries were taken Saturday morning for Wednesday’s final card of the meeting. Ten races were scheduled, among them the $250,000 Grade I, Del Mar Futurity.





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Friday, September 02 2011


Del Mar Stable Notes 9/2/11


Through 32 days of the 37-day Del Mar Thoroughbred Club summer season, purses paid to horsemen are up 14.8 per cent compared to 2010. Thus far, a total of $15,736,759 has been distributed compared to 13,708,586 in the same period a year ago, constituting a daily average of $491,774 this season. Figures include stakes purses.

The lengthy Labor Day weekend kicks off today with purses of $357,000 offered in a seven-race card, including the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes, followed by $761,000 Saturday ($511,000 in overnights and the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante); Sunday, $759,000 ($409,000 in overnights and $350,000 in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes and $250,000 Del Mar Derby) and Monday, $635,000 ($385,000 scheduled in overnights and the $100,000 I’m Smokin Stakes and $150,000 Palomar Handicap).





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