Ole’ Del Mar — Where “The Surf Meets The Turf” — Begins Summer Racing Today

(Del Mar paddock / Photo Courtesy of Del Mar)

From the Media Team at Del Mar:

Thoroughbred racing returns to historic Del Mar Wednesday when the 79thseason begins with a ten-race program highlighted by the seaside track’s traditional opening-day feature, the $100,000-added Oceanside Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile over the infield Jimmy Durante grass course.

Post time for the first race is 2 p.m PT. Presented on a five-day-a-week schedule, Wednesday through Sunday, the 36-day meeting will feature a 41-race stakes schedule worth $7.3 million topped by the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 18. The season will conclude Labor Day Monday, September 3.

The Oceanside Stakes attracted a full field of 14 sophomores, with two on an also-eligible list, and shapes up as a wide-open betting contest with several entrants having performed well in stakes competition.

The field, in post position order: Arawak, Gary Stevens to ride; Texas Wedge, Flavien Prat (Del Mar’s leading rider in 2017); Pepe Tono, Alonso Quinonez; Artie Be Good, Stewart Elliott; Desert Stone, Corey Nakatani; Shane Zain, Mario Gutierrez; Restrainedvengeance, Evin Roman; Faversham, Tiago Pereira;  Move Over, Tyler Baze; Calexman, Giovanni Franco; Heartfullofstars, Santiago Gonzalez; Soltero, Joe Talamo; Afleet Ascent, Kent Desormeaux, and Respect the Hustle, Tyler Conner. Also eligible are More Honor,  Pereira, and Risky Proposition, Talamo.

 

They’re taking way too long for this (before the DQ). The longer this goes it certainly isn’t good. But, after the way that horse hit McKinzie at the top of the stretch . . . give me a break. It was game over.

(After the announcement of McKinzie being disqualified) “That’s some bulls . . . Javier had a better story, I guess. I’m shocked, after the way he hit us at the top of the stretch. I don’t know what they’re looking at, but apparently he talked them into it. That’s why they should never talk to the jockeys, just watch it themselves.”

Bob Baffert, McKinzie Trainer, Second San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita

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