August 21, 2014
It is said that horses do not have particularly acute vision. Fair enough. But after what he has experienced this season, even an ocularly challenged Toast of New York must be looking around this week wondering where the tour bus has taken him now.
August 20, 2014
If you missed a more rewarding appreciation of Del Mar Oaks winner Personal Diary in her two appearances out West this summer, it’s too late. She’s gone, or at least she was getting wrapped up and ready to ship Tuesday morning along with five other ...
August 15, 2014
In a world suddenly without Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, reeling from violent strife at home and abroad, it would be swell to think all that grim karma could lighten up, reach down, and give the Pete Eurton stable a little nudge in the Rancho ...
August 11, 2014
On the day that Del Mar opened its summer racing season, fans at the seaside track and horseplayers around the country were immediately betting with gusto. The wager known as the Player’s Pick Five, comprising the first five races on the card, ...
August 07, 2014
Aleksei Avila is seven, and now he’ll be eight, thanks to the fact that for no apparent reason Del Mar labor foreman David Martinez decided to take the long way around from the grandstand side of the track at a quarter to six Wednesday morning to check ...
August 01, 2014
Mark Casse was hardly predicting his stable would run wild at Del Mar this summer, winning races left and right. He knew that bringing 40 horses west from places like Louisville and Toronto was an expensive gamble. And he was familiar enough with names ...
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.