Santa Anita News and Notes October 9th

• Santa Anita Park completed week two of their six week fall meet under clear skies and warm temps this past Sunday. The main track continues to play fair with a slight edge to early speed. The surface is still on the deep and tiring side but overall is a very safe racing surface. The brilliant sophomore colt Omaha Beach did make a dull racing surface look fast on Saturday, when he sizzled six furlongs in 1:08.79 to take down the Santa Anita Sprint Championship over another very quick sprinter, Shancealot. The turf course continues to play fair as well with a slight edge to off the pace runners. The surface is hard and firm and the times are very fast. Racing resumes on Thursday, this time with a five day race week as there will be Monday racing on Columbus Day. The single ticket jackpot of the 20 cent

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Santa Anita News and Notes October 1

• The Great Race Place got underway on Friday for their six week fall meet, but it didn’t come off without a miscue, as a three year old colt broke down in mid stretch on Saturday for fatality #32 for the year. Unfortunately it happened right in front of the grandstand where the 12,000 attendees could witness it all. The colt was named Emtech, it was during the running of a $40,000 claiming race, and Steve Knapp was the trainer. Emtech entered into the race in good form and was in the process of climbing the claiming ranks, as Knapp had claimed him for $25,000 down at Del Mar on August 8th. The great record that Del Mar had, 7 weeks of racing without an afternoon mishap, seems light years ago now that this is the third in the month of September, with Los Alamitos having two fatalities earlier in

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Santa Anita News and Notes September 19

• Santa Anita Park, which originally opened its doors on Christmas Day in 1934, kicks off its 23-day Autumn meet a week from Friday, Sept. 27. The track has invested more than $5 million for new suites in both the club house and the turf club, plus they installed a new state of the art LED infield video board to dramatically improve brightness and clarity. Santa Anita will host the world championship Breeders’ Cup for two days on November 1st and 2nd for the 10th time since the races have been introduced. Frank Mirahmadi, the voice of Monmouth Park, will return to call the races. The track will run a number of Breeders’ Cup prep races starting on Friday with a Grade 2 plus two Grade 1’s. • Stormy Liberal, who was voted champion turf horse in the country for 2018, will be in the lineup for the Eddie D.

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Del Mar News and Notes for September 3 2019

• The Del Mar race track was rated the safest race track in the country for the year 2018. They didn’t do anything to tarnish that reputation in 2019 as they finished their 7 week summer season without a single fatality from afternoon racing. Yes, they did have 4 fatalities from training in the morning, but only two of them resulted from injury and both were unraced maidens. The other two were a freakish incident resulting from a head on collision. However, it’s totally unfair to compare Del Mar with Santa Anita, the main thing being that it doesn’t rain in California during their race meets. And secondly, Santa Anita conducts three times as many races as Del Mar. I’m sure Santa Anita will be much safer in 2020 than they were this year. There are policies put in place to remove unsound horses before they ever reach the gate,

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Del Mar News and Notes Aug. 20

• Both the main track and the turf course continue to play fair at Del Mar Race Course with six of the seven weeks of summer racing now in the books. There have been no racing fatalities in the afternoons now for six straight weeks here and nine weeks overall including Los Alamitos. The PETA people are getting tired of carrying around those signs with no action from the race track. However, not everything at Del Mar is as “cool as ever”. Both on track attendance and overall handle are down 14% this year vs. last year, and there are about 650 horses less in training in Southern California vs. last year. In spite of those numbers, the racing office has done an excellent job of maintaining a five day schedule per week and for the most part the cards have been fairly full and with good quality racing. This

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Del Mar News and Notes August 20, 2019

• The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has now conducted five consecutive weeks of racing without any catastrophic injuries during the live racing, and combining that with the 3 consecutive weeks at Los Alamitos, goes to show that the industry within the state has taken the right steps to curtail the string of fatalities that Santa Anita had experienced this past winter. Yes, they have still had 4 fatalities that have occurred during training in the morning, with two of them being on the “freakish” side from a head on collision, but all in all it has certainly been a step in the right direction. The latest training incident in the mornings was a pelvic injury by a 3 year old filly, who was unraced and trained by Jim Cassidy. This is the same trainer that threw Jerry Hollendorfer under the bus for not being a team player and having too

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Del Mar Horse Racing News and Notes August 13, 2019

• Four weeks are in the books for the Del Mar racing season and no on track fatalities have been recorded other than the two in training ones that were discussed last week. That’s 7 straight weeks of racing including Los Alamitos without an incident. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that trend continues. The Del Mar main track surface continues to play fair day after day with an equal amount of winners coming from on the pace as well as from off the pace. The turf course trends to the off the pace bias to a slight degree, but many front runners keep right on going when left alone on the lead. The single ticket jackpot of the pick six has been hit three times at this meet already, when it was never hit once during the long Santa Anita Winter/Spring season. The difference of course is a 20 cent

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Del Mar News and Notes for August 6, 2019

• The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has now completed three of their seven week meet and the good news is that racing has been safe and incident free. The five panel crew reviewing the entries has done a good job of removing any suspect horses from the entries and there are now six consecutive weeks of racing on the Southern California circuit without a mishap. However, there have been three fatalities in the morning training period to dampen the record. Two of them occurred in a very fluke incident when an unraced maiden got loose and then ran straight into a trio of horses and two of them died instantly. The third was a Baffert runner who sustained an injury while training and was pulled up at the 1/8th pole. Bowl of Soul, who had broken her maiden and had a second place finish in an allowance race, had sustained

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Del Mar News and Notes for July 30

• Yes, its summer time, and the ocean breezes are coming off the Pacific Ocean down at old Del Mar and keeping the temps in the mid seventies, and racing is in full swing where “the turf meets the surf”. But as Del Mar completed its second week of racing this past Sunday, this is not your normal Del Mar season. First of all, the horse population is down significantly. The eastern stables haven’t shown up and full fields with 5 or 6 horses on an also eligible list do not exist. Yes, the racing office is doing a tremendous job with the horses they have and they are still racing five days a week. But they only card 7 races on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 races on Fridays and Sundays, and 9 races for Saturday, and that’s OK. The quality is still there and the racing has been good.

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Del Mar News and Notes Week One

• Well, Del Mar survived the first week of racing at the seaside oval, but just barely. Although the racing was incident free and both surfaces played fair with plenty of top quality horses, one of the most freakish of accidents occurred when two juveniles, who were both unraced, collided on the back stretch head on and both were instantly killed on Thursday. Charge a Bunch got loose and unseated his rider, Geovanni Franco, then immediately reversed his course and headed right into a trio of horses at the six furlong pole. He hit one of Baffert’s horses, Carson Valley, head on and that was that. Jockey Asa Espinoza was up on the Baffert horse and went straight to the hospital complaining of back pain, but both riders turned out to be all right. With all the fatalities over the winter at Santa Anita, California racing just can’t catch a

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