Wednesday, July 18 2012
Del Mar Stable Notes Tuesday, July 17
STARTING GATE AND NEW STARTER ARE ALL IN LINE
The 12-stall starting gate for the 75th anniversary racing season arrived Monday around 2 p.m. Its escort, on the way down from Santa Anita, was the man who’ll spring it about 333 times in the course of the meeting which starts Wednesday.
John Lopez, who’ll take over the job this season while 14-year Del Mar starter Gary Brinson deals with family matters, was part of the transportation team that brought the gate south. The gate had been given a 2 ½ month hiatus after the Santa Anita meeting ended. In his spare time Lopez did maintenance and refurbishment work on it, not knowing it would be the major piece of equipment he’d need when called upon to fill the starter’s role.
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