There’s no higher evidence of San Diego’s famously honest climate than this:
In 82 years, the Del Mar race monitor 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 vibrant with sunshine and the temperature at 67 levels for first submit, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Membership cited a nasty climate forecast and an “abundance of warning” in deciding to cancel Thursday’s eight-race card.
“We all know that is peculiar for Del Mar, however equine and rider protection is all the time our number one fear,” Tom Robbins, Del Mar’s govt vp 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’s going to 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 employees at the backstretch.
Closing fall, rain affected two days of racing, with turf races moved to the filth monitor.
There have been 4 turf races scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, in step with DMTC racing secretary David Jerkens.
It will be significant for Del Mar to deal with 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 in all probability heavy every now and then.
The cancellation of racing six days prior to the cardboard is peculiar, however those are other occasions within the business.
There’s a higher focal point 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 used to be that the composition of the Santa Anita monitor used to be altered when it won 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 length.
With Gov. Gavin Newsom, state legislators and animal rights advocates closely taken with deaths at race tracks, Del Mar is able to err at the facet of warning. After a summer season during which no horses died right through racing (4 died in coaching), Del Mar had two horses endure catastrophic accidents in a 90-minute span Sunday, Nov. 10. Each had been euthanized.
In spite of Thursday’s cancellation, Del Mar officers are hoping to make up the races for house owners and running shoes. Jerkens mentioned Friday, Nov. 15, he’s asking horsemen to go into Thursday’s races through Sunday, Nov. 17, with the possibilities that the ones races will probably 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 had 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 will probably be held over 7 furlongs, and it options potential stars for running shoes Bob Baffert and Doug O’Neill.
Baffert entered two colts, Prime Speed and Thousand Phrases, however is anticipated to scratch the latter. Owned through Gary and Mary West of Rancho Santa Fe, Prime Speed gained his first profession race Oct. 13 at Santa Anita.
O’Neill had a couple of Hope entrants together with Robust Charter — the morning-line favourite — who gained his debut Aug. 23 at Del Mar over five furlongs on turf. Howbeit, a winner of his final two begins, used to be scratched Friday, Nov. 15.
Wests lose Derby courtroom case
The Louisville Courier-Magazine reported that an effort through Gary and Mary West to overturn the disqualification in their horse, Most Safety, within the 2019 Kentucky Derby used to be rejected in Kentucky through U.S. District Pass judgement on Karen E. Caldwell.
Mentioning state rules that race disqualifications aren’t matter to judicial evaluation, Caldwell granted a movement to brush aside the case.
Stewards dominated that Most Safety, who crossed the end line first, interfered with different horses, and second-place finisher Nation Space used to be declared the winner.
The Wests, who known as the verdict “arbitrary and capricious,” have the proper to attraction Caldwell’s resolution to the 6th Circuit Court docket of Appeals.
— Tod Leonard is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune