July 31, 2014
The sixth race at Del Mar was underway last Friday, July 25, at around 6:30 p.m. as Gary Stevens settled into a meal of hospital food at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. One thing did not necessarily have anything to do with the other, ...
July 30, 2014
Let it never be said that Del Mar’s owners and trainers lack the stones to roll the dice. Even in the wake of three turf course fatalities last Friday and Saturday and the suspension of grass racing on Sunday, there were only two scratches among the 27 ...
July 25, 2014
After a remarkable 18-month comeback in which Gary Stevens returned to the pinnacle of his profession, the njury that forced his retirement from riding has come back to haunt him.
July 24, 2014
It’s Del Mar, and everyone is having way too much fun to take things seriously enough. Then comes a morning like Thursday, when the ultimate cost of raising, buying, and racing Thoroughbreds came due once again in the starkest of possible terms.
July 18, 2014
Opening day at Del Mar is to horse racing what Jackson Pollock is to Da Vinci. It is a madcap abstract of a sporting event, more like an annual hadj for upscale pilgrims, some 42,000 strong.
July 17, 2014
As a racehorse for trainer Jim Cassidy, Tom’s Tribute has developed a reputation as a stalwart supporting player in a very deep West Coast division of middle-distance turf horses. He has faced the likes of Obviously, Winning Prize, Suggestive Boy, ...
July 15, 2014
How tough is it to get pumped for Del Mar? Not very. Just find a place to stand in the sun, close your eyes, and wait for a cool breeze to blow in from the coast. Any coast. Then imagine the sound of Trevor Denman, the aroma of fresh kettle corn, and ...
April 10, 2014
Both the turf course and main track at Del Mar are in the midst of major updates three months in advance of its opening day.
February 21, 2014
Of all the loose ends left by the closure of Hollywood Park, none has generated more attention than the remains of the great Native Diver, who was buried in what eventually became the walking ring behind the grandstand, beneath an imposing monument.
February 19, 2014
Now that Del Mar’s management has decided to return to a main track made of dirt, and before the era of synthetic surfaces in Southern California is buried once and for all beneath a mound of chopped tires, sticky wax, and carpet fibers, it might help ...