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Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season: Finishing Strong

Josh Rubinstein, president and chief operating officer for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, admits the autumn Bing Crosby Season is a “different dynamic” from the summer meet that runs from mid-July until early September. “It’s more of a challenge than summer,” said Rubinstein, 53, who has been at Del Mar since 1997. “People are back […]

Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season: Tip Of The Hat To Fall Turf Festival

Tezzaray winning last year’s Grade 3 Jimmy Durante Stakes by a nose was a headline writer’s dream – but somehow we all missed it. Durante may be best known to racing fans as the namesake for this race and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s grass course (the street that fronts the racetrack is also named […]

Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season: Team Approach To Doing The Right Thing For The Horse

Bo Champlin was watching on television at his home in Visalia, Calif., when Rick’s Dream and 11 other horses left the starting gate in the fourth race on the closing-day card at Del Mar on Sept. 7, 2020. A California-bred gelding by Coil, Rick’s Dream had given Champlin’s Big Iron Racing its first winner nearly […]

Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season: Motion Goes From Coast To Coast

Trainer H. Graham Motion sent two horses west to Del Mar over the summer from his base at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland and came away with two stakes victories on consecutive days. Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Sister Otoole won the CTT and TOC Stakes by a half length going 1 3/8 miles on […]

Del Mar Summer: Closing Weekend Spotlight On Juveniles

Two-year-olds are in the spotlight on the final three days of the Del Mar summer meet, beginning with Friday’s three o’clock (Pacific) card featuring California-bred juveniles contesting the I’m Smokin Stakes. Post time is 1 p.m. Pacific on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s TVG Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies and Sunday’s closing day Runhappy Del […]

Del Mar Summer: TVG Pacific Classic, By The Numbers

Since the first Pacific Classic was contested at Del Mar in 1991, there have been 10 winning favorites in the 31 runnings. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. None of the first six winners, beginning with 9-2 second choice Best Pal, was favored. The first winning favorite was Gentlemen, bet down to 1-2 odds […]

Del Mar Summer: A Visitor’s Guide For Pacific Classic Week

There is still time to make plans to travel to Del Mar for the big Labor Day racing weekend. In fact, if you fly out today, your luggage might arrive in time for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic. On second thought, don’t check a bag. According to track founder and inveterate crooner, […]

Del Mar Summer: Jockey Maldonado Feeds Off Positive Vibes

Jockey Edwin Maldonado planned to come to Southern California for a few weeks to ride the 2010 Los Angeles County Fair meet at Fairplex Park in Pomona, then return to Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, where he’d been based for several years. Three weeks have turned into 12 years. “A jockey friend, Felipe Valdez, called me […]

Del Mar Summer: Sadler’s Life In The Fast Lane With Flightline

John Sadler has had some very good horses throughout his 45-year training career, going back to the speedy roan filly, Melair, who upset Preakness winner Snow Chief in the 1986 Silver Screen Handicap at Hollywood Park. He’s saddled the winners of 44 Grade 1 races and his runners have earned in excess of $139 million. […]

Del Mar Summer: Round One, Mandatory Payout Day, Plus One Hot ‘Papa’

Despite having the largest average field size in years and daily cards sprinkled with longshot winners, there has not been a single ticket Pick 6 winner at Del Mar since the seaside track began its summer meet July 22. The jackpot for the 20-cent bet has grown steadily for the first nine days of the […]