Jul 15, 2005
AMERICAN TURF CLUB LEAD
By: JOE GIRARDI
Del Mar will open its doors for its 66th race meeting on July 20th, 2005
and will run through September 7th, 2005. The track will run every day except
Tuesday for a six day meeting. They will have eight race cards during the week,
10-race cards on Saturdays and nine-race cards on Sunday. There will be a few
exceptions, opening day (nine races), Labor Day, Monday, September 5th (10 races)
and closing day, Wednesday, September 7th (10 races).
In addition to the quality racing that Del Mar offers every day they also will
be hosting some events that will bring the family out to the track. On each Friday
of the week, along with the late post, there will be free rock n’ roll concerts. The first one will be on July 22nd with G Love & Special Sauce. The second concert, July 29th,
will be Super Diamond, a group devoted to making sure that the music of
Neil Diamond continues on through the years. To get the rest of the scheduled
concerts please visit www.dmtc.com.
Family weekends will also be back on each Saturday and Sunday and
Labor Day from There will be free activities that include, magic shows,
gamezone, Pony Rides, Face Painters and inflatable games and rides-Giant Scramble,
Obstacle Course, Jump and much more. This will help increase attendance because
the children will have a place to go while the parents are enjoying the racetrack.
Del Mar also will host newcomer’s seminar every day except July 20, 30,
August 21 and September 5th. These seminars are held daily and
on Fridays. This is a good program because it will help new players
learn this great game and maybe make them racing fans for life. Free racing
materials along with how to read them will be provided. There needs to be new
blood infused into horse racing and these seminars are a start. With poker
exploding on the scene the coverage that the game has gotten has helped new
players learn the game and start to play it. The more someone can learn about
horse racing and how to bet etc, the better it is for the game and Del Mar should
be commended for their efforts.
For those of you that are just coming out to the track to play the horses
here are some helpful tips as to who to look to when making your wagers. Last
year’s leading jockey at the meeting was Corey Nakatani who scored with 54 out
of his 212 starters for a winning percentage of 25.5%. He was only two wins
better than Tyler Baze and 10 wins better than Victor Espinoza. He will obviously
have to be considered one of a few jockeys to have a shot at this year’s title but
it will be a lot tougher. Patrick Valenzuela is healthy again and will be the one
to beat if he rides the whole meeting. Garret Gomez, the currently leader at the
current Hollywood meeting along with the current second place jockey, Alex Solis
will make this a very interesting meeting from a jockeys standpoint. Jon Court
and Rene Douglas are two other jockeys that will also have a big impact and
may offer some value at the windows with the other big shots in town.
Last year’s leading trainer was Doug O’Neill, O’Neill also leads the current
standings at the Hollywood meeting and should be a tough competitor at Del Mar.
Jeff Mullins was his closest rival last year finishing four wins behind O’Neill.
Bob Baffert who was always the one to beat finished third with 17 wins. With only
11 wins so far at the Hollywood meeting Baffert needs to pick it up to get back
to the top and that usually comes from his two year olds. If his crop is good this
year then he will have a shot at the title, if not, he doesn’t have much of a
chance at all. Mike Mitchell, who is sitting in second right now and finished fourth
at Del Mar last year may have the best chance as he has a variety of runners.
Two trainers to look for when trying for a price might be Wallace Dollase and
Adam Kitchingman both of whom finished with 5 wins from 14 and 13 starts
Following these tips and the American Turf Club throughout the meeting
can lead to a profitable meeting at Del Mar. Good Luck!
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