where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2023-08-19 18:04:53  
Del Mar cancels Sunday Card. Only second time in history for this reason

Bowing to Mother Nature and putting safety first on its list, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced a cancelation of its planned Sunday racing card.

With a rare and sizeable hurricane set to sweep into the Southern California area, the shore track determined it had little choice but to call off the nine-race program it had scheduled to close out the weekend.

“For the safety of everyone involved -- our horses, our riders and all the workers, staff and fans -- we have made the decision to cancel Sunday’s races,” DMTC president and COO Josh Rubinstein said Saturday morning. “Unfortunately, the forecast calls for substantial rain and winds that appear to be headed our way. We are hopeful this will only be a one-day thing for us, but it is a necessary step we feel we have to take.”

This incident will be only the second time in the track’s 84-year history it has lost a day of racing to the elements. In 2019, its Thanksgiving Day card was called off ahead of a projected storm.

Track officials have indicated that no individual make-up day will be scheduled in light of the loss. Instead, the plan is to arrange to work in many of the planned races on different days over the course of coming weeks.

Del Mar has a 31-day schedule this year which started on Friday, July 21 and goes forward to Sunday, September 10. Racing is conducted on a Thursday through Sunday basis primarily with the addition of an extra card on Labor Day Monday, September 4.

Racing will resume at the track next Thursday with a 2 p.m. first post. 

Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • United States of America
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    baffert is back at churchill! 1 days ago

    Churchill Downs has lifted its extended suspension of Bob Baffert, allowing the Hall of Fame trainer...

    View | Add Comment
    belmont to race on tapeta for winter2024-07-01

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced plans to introduce a new all-weather Tapeta track a...

    View | Add Comment
    kentucky derby winner rich strike moves to mott 2024-06-25

    Kentucky Derby (G1) winner of 2022, the longshot stretch running Rich Strike has resumed training, h...

    View | Add Comment
    denman to call his 40th season at del mar2024-06-24

    Trevor Denman, the legendary race caller known for his long-standing association with Del Mar, will ...

    View | Add Comment
    american trainer found dead in greece 2024-06-17

    Toby Sheets, a key figure in Steve Asmussen's New York division for over 20 years, was found dead on...

    View | Add Comment
    america's hisa publishes its metrics report2024-06-12

    On the heels of a successful Triple Crown season that concluded without any fatalities, the Horserac...

    View | Add Comment
    dornoch wins in upset result in the belmont stakes2024-06-09

    There are moments when horse racing turns distant dreams into reality. Trainer Danny Gargan, who gre...

    View | Add Comment
    golden gates set to close this weekend 2024-06-07

    Golden Gate Fields will close its doors after Sunday’s program, marking the end of the winter-...

    View | Add Comment
    american trainer gets tco2 ban2024-05-29

    David Jacobson, a prominent owner and trainer in the Northeastern racing circuit, has been handed a ...

    View | Add Comment
    seize the grey outpaces mystik dan in preakness stakes2024-05-19

    Seize the Grey seized his opportunity on May 18 in the $2 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico R...

    View | Add Comment