Del Mar News & Announcements
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014Del Mar Preparing for Dual Racing Seasons in 2014
With all approvals ensured and long-range projections starting to come into clear focus, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has begun to move forward toward a two-meet racing season in 2014 – the initial session being its usual summer stand, the second a shorter run covering the month of November.
Monday, November 25th, 2013Game On Dude Voted 2013 Horse Of The Meeting
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013Uncashed Tickets?
By State law, tickets for the 2013 race meet may be cashed at any California track or satellite location until May 15, 2014. State law forbids acceptance of claims for lost or destroyed tickets. VOUCHERS are good until one year after the conclusion of the current race meet, or September 4, 2014.
Tickets can be cashed at Surfside Race Place located next to the Del Mar Racetrack. Surfside is offering one free general admission through Sept. 29 with your uncashed winning wagering ticket from the 2013 Del Mar live race meet. One admission per person. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets can be cashed at Surfside throughout the year during open hours.
Uncashed tickets may also be redeemed by mailing to: Accounting, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, P.O. Box 700, Del Mar, CA 92014. Tickets should be sent Certified Mail. Please keep a photo image, scan or photocopy of all tickets. Mailed tickets must be sent by May 10, 2014 to allow time for processing before the deadline.
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013All Del Mar Indicators Register Positives-Plus For 2013 Meet
Following on the heels of a robust 2012 season that set the bar very high, Del Mar did even better yet for 2013 by having all its key business categories ring in with “ups” as the track’s 74th summer session raced to a close Wednesday.
Across the board the 37-day numbers could be checked off as positives -- on-track handle, ADW handle, total handle, attendance, field size, “Ship and Win” program. You name it, Del Mar did it right, and then some.
“We have a great crew that runs this race meet, we have our outstanding California horsemen and we have our enthusiastic Del Mar fans,” said Del Mar Thoroughbred Club president Joe Harper. “When you put them all together at a place like Del Mar, you’ve got a great shot to have a real big winner.”
Racing five days per week – the only major track in the state to do so – Del Mar registered an overall handle increase of 5.2% during its seven-week season, counting out a total of $482,336,877 in all-sources bets for a daily average handle of $13,036,132.
Some of the power behind those numbers came from Del Mar’s ever-growing – this is the fifth consecutive year it has risen -- Advanced Deposit Wagering platforms that showed a remarkable boost of 15.7% in 2013 to $3,202,719 per day. Yet another strong indicator at the wickets was the on-track numbers of $2,452,080 per program, which was 3.7% better than last year’s in-house handle.
Attendance, too, proved a plus, if only by a nose at the wire. The seaside track lured 653,259 fans through the gates during 2013, which bettered 2012 count of 652,034. That was a daily average of 17,656, an 0.2% rise from last year’s 17,623.
For the third year in a row, the track’s field size showed growth, which goes directly opposite to the current four-legged head count at most racetracks around the country. The field-size climbed from 8.66 in 2012 to 8.79 in 2013.“Once again, our horsemen were terrific and their support allowed us to finish strong,” said Del Mar’s executive vice president for racing and racing secretary Tom Robbins. “For the second year in a row we were able to run 11-race cards across the Labor Day weekend, a sure sign of good health at our meet. Our trackman Rich Tedesco and his crew did outstanding work with our main track and our turf superintendent Leif Dickinson was first-rate with our grass course – with even better things to come in that regard next season when we debut our new, wider course.”
Not by coincidence, the track’s field-size rise has moved in concert with its institution of the “Ship and Win” program that has drawn out-of-state runners to the meet in particular, and the state in general. Initiated in 2011 with a $1,000 check and a 20% first-race purse bonus for the newcomers, it rose in 2012 (when the first-race bonus went to 25%) and now has done so again in 2013 with a further boost in that first-race bonus to 33 1/3%. The “Ship and Win” numbers this year ascended to 149 runners (as opposed to 137 in 2012 and 107 in 2011). But where a difference was markedly noted was in the number of “S & W” winners. Last year that total was 13 winners, this year it jumped up to 24.
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013Bejarano, Sadler Win Jockey, Trainer Titles
Rafael Bejarano moved atop the jockey standings by winning four of the first six races in the second day of the meeting and stayed there throughout en route to his second consecutive Del Mar riding title and the third of his career.
The 31-year old Peruvian finished the 37-day season with 46 victories, compared to 52 in 2012. His victory margin of 19 over Martin Garcia was compared to the nine over Joe Talamo in 2012.
The race for second wasn't determined until the final day. Although he was blanked on closing day, Garcia’s 28 wins were one more than Victor Espinoza, who had three wins in the finale. Talamo and Julien Leparoux tied for fourth with 25.
Leparoux, in his first full season at Del Mar, was the top stakes rider with seven victories, the clinchers coming aboard Diamond Bachelor in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes and Tamarando in the Del Mar Futurity on closing day.
John Sadler started the meeting with two wins from his first 23 starters, moved into a tie with Bob Baffert atop the trainer standings with 10 wins from 48 starters through 10 days, assumed the lead with one win on Wednesday, July 31, and was never headed in recording his third Del Mar training title and first in four years.
The 57-year-old native of Long Beach, a Pasadena resident, notched 27 wins to outdistance Doug O'Neill (24) Baffert (23) and Jerry Hollendorfer (20). Defending champion Peter Miller was fifth with 16.
Sadler was also the top trainer for stakes victories with six. Among Sadler’s stakes highlights were victories by Kettle Corn in the San Diego Handicap, Vagabond Shoes in the Del Mar Handicap and Ethnic Dance in the second division of the Del Mar Derby, all Grade II events. Kettle Corn and stablemate You Know I Know were the 2-3 finishers in the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic.
(Current Through Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Inclusive)
(Current Through Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Inclusive)
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013Tamarando Upsets In Del Mar Futurity
Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ Tamarando, a son of Bertrando, emulated his sire by winning the closing-day Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity for two-year-olds in come-from-behind fashion Wednesday under jockey Julien Leparoux.
Bertrando won the l991 Del Mar Futurity and, as a four-year-old, won the Pacific Classic en route to an Eclipse Award as the championship older horse of l993. The 24-year-old stallion is now pensioned at Ballena Vista Farm in nearby Ramona, Ca.
Tamarando, outrun in the early stages of the seven-furlong sprint, rallied on the far outside in the stretch to defeat a stubborn Dance with Fate by a half-length in 1:23.07.
Can the Man, trainer Bob Baffert’s hopeful for a twelfth Futurity success, finished third, another half-length back. Alberts Hope, the 7-2 favorite after winning the Best Pal Stakes, was fourth, a nose in front of Guns Loaded.
Tamarando, winner of a maiden race August 18 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, earned $180,000 with his second win in four starts as well as recognition as the top two-year-old of the Del Mar meeting.
Tamarando, sent postward at 7-1, returned $17.80, $7.60 and $4.60. Runner-up Dance with Fate paid $5.60 and $4.60, while Can the Man returned $4.80 to show.
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013Hronis Brothers Capture Both Del Mar Owners Titles
Kosta and Pete Hronis, who race under the nom de course of Hronis Racing, won both owners’ titles at the 2013 Del Mar meeting which closed its 37-day run Wednesday.
The brothers from Delano, CA, banked $625,050 in purses and had six trips to the winner’s circle during the seven-week stand.
They thus became only the second set of owners to take the money-won title without winning the TVG Pacific Classic in the past 11 years. Brothers Cecil and Gary Barber had turned the trick in 2008.
While the Hronis’s were alone on top in the money category, they tied with two other parties for number of wins with six. The others were Nick Alexander and Kaleem Shah. But, with nine second-place finishes, as opposed to a single second-place finish for the other two owners, the Hornis’s were winners in that category, too.
2013 Leading Owners by Money Won
2013 Leading Owners by Races Won
Saturday, August 31st, 2013She’s A Tiger Wins Del Mar Debutante
With 50-year-old Hall of Famer Gary Stevens in the saddle, She’s a Tiger disposed of even-money favored Awesome Baby entering the stretch and then had enough left in the tank to hold off the fast-closing Fascinating and win the featured Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante for two-year-old fillies Saturday.
She’s a Tiger, a half-sister to the former star sprinter Smiling Tiger, engaged Awesome Baby shortly after the start of the seven-furlong sprint, setting fast fractions. Without much urging from Stevens, She’s a Tiger was able to draw off from Awesome Baby in the upper stretch but then had to go all out to defeat Fascinating by a shrinking half-length in 1:22.71.
Fascinating, one of three horses saddled by trainer Bob Baffert, including Awesome Baby, who wound up seventh in the eight-horse field, and fourth-place Secret Compass, was 1 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place Concave. Secret Compass was the same margin behind Concave.
She’s a Tiger, a daughter of Tale of the Cat owned by Mark DeDomenico, Allen Aldrich, Stuart Downey and Lisa Hernandez and trained by Jeff Bonde, began her career in northern California, breaking her maiden at Pleasanton before winning the Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park. She suffered her only defeat when losing by a half-length to Concave in the Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 7. Bonde also conditioned Smiling Tiger who won the Bing Crosby Stakes in 2010.
Second choice in the wagering at 9-2, She’s a Tiger returned $11, $5.40 and $3.80. First money of $180,000 increased her earnings to $315,650. She provided Stevens with his fifth success in the Del Mar Debutante and first since Miss Houdini in 2002.
Fascinating, 6-1 under Mike Smith, rallied strongly in the stretch to miss narrowly in a strong effort and paid $6.60 and $4.60. Concave, with Patrick Valenzuela up, paid $3.60 to show.