Wednesday, April 18 2012


$7,775,000 in Stakes Purses Highlight Del Mar’s 75th Year


Highlighted by seven Grade I races, two new juvenile events on the grass and notable purse increases to 10 of its major offerings, Del Mar will present a robust summer schedule of 33 “advertised” and 10 “overnight” stakes with a total value of $7,775,000 during its highly anticipated 37-day race meeting.

The seaside track, founded by entertainment icon Bing Crosby in 1937, will be celebrating the anniversary of its 75th year during its July 18 to September 5 stand. And as it has for the past three seasons, it will conduct its racing on a Wednesday through Sunday basis with an additional day of sport on Labor Day Monday, September 3.





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Thursday, September 08 2011


Del Mar Final Statistics 2011


ATTENDANCE – 37 DAYS – 2011

On-Track

Total attendance..............................................................................660,245
Daily average..................................................................................... 17,844
Total attendance, 2010................................................................... 662,521
Daily average, 2010........................................................................... 17,906





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Acclamation’s 2011 Triple Includes Horse Of Meeting


The unprecedented accomplishments of Acclamation prompted voters in the annual media poll to make the five-year-old California-bred son of Unusual Heat a champion of the 72nd Del Mar summer season in three categories, topped by Horse of the Meeting.

From winning both the Grade I Eddie Read Handicap on grass and the Grade I TVG $1 million Pacific Classic on the Polytrack main course, Acclamation was a unanimous selection as Horse of the Meeting and top older horse and a near-unanimous choice as top grass horse.





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Johnstons/Glenn Hill Take Owner Honors


Veteran California owner-breeders Bud and Judy Johnston, along with their daughter and son-in-law – Mary and Peter Hilvers – rode their stable star Acclamation to honors among owners at the 2011 Del Mar meeting with earnings of $780,000, easily the top figure during the 37-day stand.

Acclamation, the 5-year-old son of Unusual Heat who was bred on the Johnstons Old English Rancho in Sanger, CA, accounted for all of the owners’ money with a pair of Grade I wins in the Eddie Read Handicap and the TVG Pacific Classic.





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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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