There’s no higher evidence of San Diego’s famously truthful climate than this:
In 82 years, the Del Mar race observe hasn’t ever misplaced a unmarried day of horse racing to inclement climate.
That streak will finish subsequent week on Thursday, Nov. 21.
On Friday, Nov. 15, with the skies brilliant with sunshine and the temperature at 67 levels for first submit, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Membership cited a foul climate forecast and an “abundance of warning” in deciding to cancel Thursday’s eight-race card.
“We all know that is bizarre for Del Mar, however equine and rider protection is at all times our number one fear,” Tom Robbins, Del Mar’s govt vice chairman for racing, mentioned.
Del Mar mentioned it consulted within the resolution with business stakeholders, together with the Thoroughbred Homeowners of California and the California Horse Racing Board.
It’ll be handiest the second one day misplaced in Del Mar historical past. The former instance got here in August 1985, when horsemen held again entries in protest following an INS raid of undocumented staff at the backstretch.
Remaining fall, rain affected two days of racing, with turf races moved to the grime observe.
There have been 4 turf races scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, in step with DMTC racing secretary David Jerkens.
It will be important for Del Mar to take care of the integrity of the grass for the reason that ultimate seven stakes races of the meet (Nov. 28-Dec. 1) are scheduled for the turf, together with two Grade I occasions, the Hollywood Derby and Matriarch.
Forecasts for Del Mar name for a 20-percent likelihood of rain on Tuesday, Nov. 19, a 50-percent likelihood on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and 40-percent likelihood on Thursday, Nov. 21, with rain most likely heavy from time to time.
The cancellation of racing six days prior to the cardboard is bizarre, however those are other occasions within the business.
There’s a higher center of attention on animal protection and welfare after Santa Anita suffered 30 horse deaths in its iciness/spring meet. A number of the theories about why there have been such a lot of breakdowns was once that the composition of the Santa Anita observe was once altered when it gained 11½ inches of rain from January to March.
On Jan. 17, Santa Anita canceled an eight-race card after 3½ inches fell over a three-day duration.
With Gov. Gavin Newsom, state legislators and animal rights advocates closely involved in deaths at race tracks, Del Mar is able to err at the aspect of warning. After a summer time wherein no horses died all the way through racing (4 died in coaching), Del Mar had two horses endure catastrophic accidents in a 90-minute span Sunday, Nov. 10. Each have been euthanized.
In spite of Thursday’s cancellation, Del Mar officers are hoping to make up the races for homeowners and running shoes. Jerkens mentioned Friday, Nov. 15, he’s asking horsemen to go into Thursday’s races by way of Sunday, Nov. 17, with the potentialities that the ones races shall be run on different days of the meet.
Fall’s first graded stakes on Saturday
Six 2-year-olds who all have victories of their younger careers have been entered for the primary graded stakes race of the autumn meet Saturday, Nov. 16, however handiest 4 will run.
The $100,000 Grade III Bob Hope Stakes shall be held over 7 furlongs, and it options potential stars for running shoes Bob Baffert and Doug O’Neill.
Baffert entered two colts, Top Speed and Thousand Phrases, however is predicted to scratch the latter. Owned by way of Gary and Mary West of Rancho Santa Fe, Top Speed received his first profession race Oct. 13 at Santa Anita.
O’Neill had a couple of Hope entrants together with Sturdy Charter — the morning-line favourite — who received his debut Aug. 23 at Del Mar over five furlongs on turf. Howbeit, a winner of his remaining two begins, was once scratched Friday, Nov. 15.
Wests lose Derby courtroom case
The Louisville Courier-Magazine reported that an effort by way of Gary and Mary West to overturn the disqualification in their horse, Most Safety, within the 2019 Kentucky Derby was once rejected in Kentucky by way of U.S. District Pass judgement on Karen E. Caldwell.
Mentioning state rules that race disqualifications aren’t matter to judicial assessment, Caldwell granted a movement to disregard the case.
Stewards dominated that Most Safety, who crossed the end line first, interfered with different horses, and second-place finisher Nation Area was once declared the winner.
The Wests, who referred to as the verdict “arbitrary and capricious,” have the appropriate to attraction Caldwell’s resolution to the 6th Circuit Court docket of Appeals.
— Tod Leonard is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune
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