Kentucky Derby winner Justify hot favorite for the Preakness Stakes

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Justify is the early prohibitive favorite in the Preakness

Justify is the early favorite in the Preakness, but he’s also far from a sure thing

D. Wayne Lukas chimes in on this year’s 2nd jewel in the Triple Crown.  “Yes, [the field] can beat him,” Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has two Preakness entrants, said last week. “But it’s going to be very difficult. But you have to look back down the years. Who would have thought Barbaro would have got beat? Who would have thought Fusaichi Pegasus would have got beat? Who would’ve thought that any of these horses that were heavily favored out of the Derby [would lose]? It’s [Justify’s] race to lose. … But you can’t mail it in.”

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Top NY-based Trainer Looking to Invade Maryland Again

Though based in New York, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has shipped in to win some of Maryland’s most prestigious stakes over the years, among them the 2006 Pimlico Special – the first of six straight Grade 1 wins and the North American debut for eventual Horse of the Year Invasor – and most recently the 2016 Barbara Fritchie (G2) with Dancing House.

McLaughlin will take aim at another of the state’s signature stakes with Godolphin’s Grade 2-placed homebred Sara Street in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Friday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

The 94th running of the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan for 3-year-old fillies highlights a 14-race program that includes seven stakes, four graded, worth $1.15 million in purses on the eve of the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

Sara Street is among a list of 28 horses nominated to the Black-Eyed Susan led by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner and 2017 champion 2-year-old filly Caledonia Road. It will be the third time in a stakes and second straight facing graded company for Sara Street, a daughter of 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and Preakness runner-up Street Sense.

First run in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks, the Black-Eyed Susan has been won by horses such as Nellie Morse, the only filly to also win the Preakness, in 1924; along with champions Vagrancy, Twilight Tear, But Why Not, Wistful, Real Delight, Office Queen, Davona Dale, Serena’s Song, Silverbulletday and Royal Delta.

“We talked about the Kentucky Oaks but just thought that … the Black-Eyed Susan two weeks later might be a better spot. We’ve been pointing for that since her last race,” McLaughlin said. “It’s a very important race….nine furlongs on an important weekend, so we’re happy to be pointing that way.”

In her most recent start, Sara Street finished second in the 1 1/8-mile Gazelle (G2) April 7 at Aqueduct, a half-length behind My Miss Lilly, who went on to run in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks. Prior to that effort, Sara Street beat My Miss Lilly when second in the one-mile Busher Stakes March 3, also over Aqueduct’s main track.

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“We always thought she would like the distance, and she ran very well to be second,” McLaughlin said of the Gazelle. “She made her first start at Gulfstream [Dec. 10] and we decided to ship up to New York. We often do that getting started and then relocate. She won her next start and ran very well. From there we decided to run in the Busher because it looked like a good spot to get some black type, and she ran very well again.”

McLaughlin said regular rider Dylan Davis will have the mount on Sara Street for the Black-Eyed Susan.

Kasey K Racing Stable, Final Turn Racing Stables and Michael Day’s undefeated Goodonehoney earned an automatic berth into the Black-Eyed Susan by virtue of her seven-length romp in the Weber City Miss April 21 at Laurel Park. Trained by Laurel-based Jason Egan, she went unraced at 2 and won her only other start, a six-furlong maiden claiming event March 24.

Midnight Disguise, trained by Laurel’s 2017 winter-spring co-meet champion Linda Rice, won both the Busher and 1 1/8-mile Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct prior to a fourth-place finish in the Gazelle. Her sire is 2007 champion sprinter Midnight Lute.

Among other horses nominated to the Black-Eyed Susan are Honeybee (G3) winner Cosmic Burst; 2017 Tempted (G3) winner Daisy; Suncoast Stakes winner C.S. Incharge; Grade 1-placed Princess Warrior and Thirteen Squared; Smokinpaddylassie, winner of the one-mile Beyond the Wire March 17 at Laurel; Weber City Miss runner-up Indy Union; and four horses that ran in the Kentucky Oaks – Grade 2 winner Coach Rocks, Group 3 winner Rayya, Grade 1 placed Eskimo Kisses and Grade 2-placed Heavenhasmynikki.

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G3 Peter Pan Stakes Today at Belmont

Saturday’s Grade 3, $350,000 Peter Pan at Belmont Park has long been a historic race for 3-year-olds on the New York racing circuit. In addition to honoring a champion, the 1 1/8-mile race has served as a stepping stone towards a start in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, which will have its 150th running on June 9.

Carded as Race 10, the 64th running of the Peter Pan is one of five stakes, including four graded, on a stacked Man o’ War Day card that is highlighted by the Grade 1, $700,000 Man o’ War.

Gary Broad’s Core Beliefs headlines a field of eight and will make his fifth career start after finishing third behind eventual Kentucky Derby winner Justify in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 7. That effort marked the Quality Road colt’s second try at routing around two turns after he beat four others to break his maiden almost a month earlier. The Peter Eurton-trained Kentucky-bred offered two third-place finishes in sprints while being sent postward with blinkers.

“He’s doing very well.” Eurton said. “We’re very proud of him, no complaints. We were very pleased with his last race, as it was his first race against winners, and now especially against the cailber of horse we now know we were running against in Justify. I mean he was trying to win, it wasn’t like he was really far back, he was there at the three-quarters, and was running throughout, but we were real pleased with him and how he ran.”

Although Eurton and his connections said he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of the next start, there is a plan for the next six weeks.

“The ideal would be for him to win, come out of it liking the track and then go on to the Belmont, but we’re going to take it one race at a time for now,” he said.

Jockey Tyler Baze, who got the call aboard Core Beliefs for the first time in the Santa Anita Derby, will make the trip to New York and will try to work out a trip from the rail.

Federico Tesio winner Diamond King enters off of that three-quarter length victory at Laurel Park on April 21, and looks to add his third stakes win, which began with his ground saving 1 ½ length score in the Heft on December 30 also at Laurel Park.

By Quality Road, Diamond King steadied for a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Swale at Gulfstream on February 3 in between both victories, his second graded race start since his stakes debut in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Keeneland. That start, his third after winning his first pair, was foiled when he clipped heels and lost rider Frankie Pennington while heading into the first turn at Churchill Downs.

The winner of four races from six starts for trainer John Servis gets Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano in the irons and drew post 5.

Shortleaf Stable’s High North shipped up from Churchill Downs this week for trainer Brad Cox, and looks to return to graded stakes competition after starting in three Grade 2 races, the Kentucky Jockey Club, Risen Star and Rebel in which he ran fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.

The son of Midnight Lute was given a bit of class relief and outfitted with blinkers in the Northern Spur Stakes on April 14, his last start, and he responded with a 2 ½ length victory. It was his second victory since he broke his maiden in his third career start at Keeneland. The lone runner with a race over Belmont’s main track, High North was second to Avery Island in his second career start on September 30. His stakes victory and equipment change could be the confidence boost the colt needed.

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“He’s doing real well,” Cox said. “I think the blinkers helped, and I think because he was a little closer to the pace than his previous two races, I think it worked out well for him.”

Florent Geroux, who debuted aboard High North in the Northern Spur, will make the trip to secure the mount and will break from post 6.

A debut in blinkers, and the benefit of Belmont Park’s 1 1/8-mile chute will play a role in reversal for Lothenbach Stables’ Gotta Go, who enters off an 11th place performance in the Grade 2 Blue Grass on April 7 at Keeneland. The Shanghai Bobby colt turned in a sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 3 at Gulfstream which followed a second place performance in the Grade 3 Swale at Gulfstream on February 3, the first race of his sophomore year.

Trainer Ian Wilkes hopes the Peter Pan’s one turn could help his Kentucky-bred get back on track.

“He’s doing well and the plan at the moment is to go to New York,” Wilkes said. “He looks like he’s improving. If he wasn’t, we wouldn’t come. I’m going to put blinkers on him and go back to one turn. I’m happy with the way he’s going.

“His last couple of races have been subpar and it might be due to the fact it was two turns; that’s what I’m going to find out,” he added. “I’ll put some blinkers on him and make him a little more focused.”

Gotta Go ended his 2-year-old year with a 13th-place finish in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Keeneland, the colt’s first graded stakes start after he captured the Street Sense by a head at Churchill Downs on October 29.

Gotta Go will be joined by regular rider Chris Landeros and will break from post 7. Bringing the most race experience to the group will be Arindel’s colt Transistor who will make his Belmont Park debut after 12 starts in Florida at Gulfstream and Gulfstram Park West for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.

The Forty Tales colt was fourth in his debut then followed with two eighth-place finishes on grass before he started at Gulfstream Park West, where he returned to dirt and responded with a strong second, short by a head at the wire. The Florida-bred added another runner-up finish before trying two turns where he offered another second and a third place finish seemingly benefitting from the added distance.

Transistor broke his maiden by a neck at 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream on February 8, but was cut back to seven furlongs where he came with a late kick to finish in an allowance start and then closed for third in the Roar on April 21, and has been working well towards Saturday.

“So far, so good,” Rodriguez said. “We’re taking a big chance, but we want to take the chance against these. He looks like he wants to go that long, he likes distance, and he’s a 3-year-old that’s getting better and better, so let’s hope he keeps going.”

Transistor will be ridden by Luis Saez and will break from outside post 8.

Just Whistle will carry the colors for owner Helen K. Groves in the Peter Pan, making just his fourth career start for trainer Michael Matz. Fifth in his debut at Delaware Park on August 9, the Pioneerof the Nile colt floated a bit in the stretch at Gulfstream before finishing a half-length behind eventual Kentucky Derby starter Hofburg in his second start. The pace-stalking type returned break his maiden as the favorite at Keeneland, and now will face tougher with a chance to go forward.

“He’s lightly raced, but he’s a real nice horse,” Matz said. “We’ll see what happens. We’re taking a really big step up to a bigger stage right here, and if it came up tough we’d probably skip and look elsewhere. We’re looking to ship up Saturday morning and run.”
Just Whistle will be ridden by Joel Rosario, aboard for the second straight time and will break from post 3.

Blended Citizen, the also-eligible entrant in the Kentucky Derby, will instead make his 10th career start in the Peter Pan after failing to draw in to the Classic last Saturday. He is the lone starter in the race to carry a graded stakes victory after he debuted with blinkers and prevailed by a neck in the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks on March 17 at Turfway Park which led to his fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Blue Grass.

The colt by Proud Citizen ships in from California for trainer Doug O’Neill and will break from post 4 under jockey Kyle Frey.

Jackpot Ranch’s Zing Zang will make his eighth career start for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen following a ninth-place finish in the Blue Grass after he faced the task of drawing the rail amid the field of 14 that day. A rough trip in the Grade 2 Rebel for sixth followed his fifth place result in the Grade 3 Southwest in the mud at Oaklawn Park on February 19.

The colt by Tapit stepped up against tougher in the Grade 3 Lecomte and finished fourth to begin his 3-year-old campaign after ending with his maiden win in his third start.
The late-running Zing Zang will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and will run from post 2.

Source: NYRA

Keeneland 2018 Spring Meet Has Near-Record Wagering

Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in Kentucky

Keeneland closed its 2018 Spring Meet on Friday with near-record all-sources wagering on Keeneland of more than $157 million, highlighted by an all-time single-day handle record on Toyota Blue Grass Day and driven by full fields of quality horses and competition among the nation’s top owners, trainers and jockeys.

All-sources wagering on Keeneland racing totaled $157,172,604 for the 16-day Spring Meet, held April 6-27, ranking just behind the record of $158,640,591 set during the 16-day 2013 Spring Meet, and a 14.39 percent increase from the $137,399,556 recorded during last year’s 15-day Spring Meet. Average daily all-sources wagering of $9,823,288 rose 7.24 percent from $9,159,970 in 2017.

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Keeneland set wagering records for all-sources handle and Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools on Toyota Blue Grass Day, April 7. Total all-sources handle was $22,634,861, eclipsing the previous record of $21,736,983 set April 9, 2016. Wagering on the All-Stakes Pick Four ending in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) totaled $1,065,002 versus the previous record of $733,800 set April 8, 2017. The All-Stakes Pick Five handled $899,196, smashing the previous record of $653,827 from April 20, 2013.

A rollback from the takeout increase in the fall of 2017 was favorably received by horseplayers as evidenced by the substantial increase in all-sources handle.

Keeneland offered an early Pick 5 wager with a 15 percent takeout for the first time this meet on the first five races of each race day, and it was an unqualified success. Total handle for the wager over 16 days totaled $4,104,850, an average of $256,553 per day.

On-track attendance and wagering were just shy of last year’s Spring Meet totals despite inclement weather for the meet’s opening two weekends. Total attendance of 250,475 was nearly even with last spring’s 252,247. Average daily attendance of 15,655 was just short of the 16,816 in 2017.

A record crowd of 28,307 basked in the sun on Maker’s Mark Day, Friday, April 13, to surpass the previous Friday attendance mark of 24,734 established April 2, 2010. On Saturday, April 21, 37,378 fans, the fifth-highest single-day attendance in Keeneland history, celebrated the season with an afternoon of racing.

On-track wagering this spring was $17,457,750 compared to $17,668,979 last spring. Average daily on-track handle was $1,091,109 versus $1,177,932 in 2017.

“This was an exceptionally successful Spring Meet in so many ways – from near-record handle to robust attendance and racing of the highest caliber,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Mother Nature threw us a curve ball or two, but the sometimes inclement weather never dampened the tremendous enthusiasm of our fans. We are extremely grateful to the community, our horsemen and corporate partners for their tremendous support throughout the spring.”

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Championship Pimlico Meet Opens Today. Highlighted by Preakness Day

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Championship racing returns to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Thursday for the opening of its 12-day Preakness Meet at Pimlico, highlighted by the 143rd running of the $1.5 million, Grade 1 Preakness Stakes Saturday, May 19.

The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the 1 3/16-mile Preakness anchors eight stakes on a 14-race card that includes the $250,000 Dixie (G2), $150,000 Gallorette Stakes (G3) and $150,000 Maryland Sprint (G3). Post time on Preakness Day is 10:30 a.m.

Justify, undefeated winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1) May 5, will attempt to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying seventh victory in the Preakness. All four of Baffert’s previous Derby winners have gone on to win the Preakness, including 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.

The 94th running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) for 3-year-old fillies is the focal point of a 14-race program on Friday, May 18, that offers seven stakes including the historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3) and $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3). Post time is 11:30 a.m.

Racing will be conducted Thursday through Sunday with the exception of Sunday, May 20 (the day after the Preakness). The meet wraps up with a special Memorial Day program on Monday, May 28.

“We’re thrilled to get the Preakness Meet at Pimlico started Thursday,” said Sal Sinatra, president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “Pimlico is legendary, and the Preakness, Black-Eyed Susan and Pimlico Special are historic and significant events on the sporting calendar. The Stronach Group has done an incredible job improving the customer experience here with upgrades in food and beverage, a revamped infield layout that will connect Infield guests with the races, upgrades to the Preakness Village and Turfside Terrace and new Wi-Fi throughout the clubhouse and infield.

“Horsemen throughout North America are committed to providing world-class racing during the Preakness Meet at Pimlico, full fields, and great racing on the main track and turf course. We’re excited about what has become one of the best boutique race meets in the country.”

A field of seven 3-year-olds and up will go 1 1/16 miles over the turf course in a $23,000 claiming event to open Thursday’s nine-race program that begins at 1:10 p.m. Five races have been carded for the grass attracting 54 entries, an average of 10.8 per race.

Thursday’s feature comes in Race 5, a $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance at 1 1/16 miles on the grass that drew multiple stakes winner O Dionysus and stakes-placed Grandiflora, Barney Rebel, Dattt Melody and Southside Warrior. Warrioroftheroses, third in the 2016 Pimlico Special, is entered for main track only.

Pimlico will also serve up a nine-race program Friday, May 11, that features five turf races that saw 68 horses entered, an average of 13.6 per race.

Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado enters the Pimlico meet on the verge of becoming only the eighth rider in Thoroughbred history to reach 7,000 career victories. A 24-time leading rider in Maryland from 1991-99, he stands at 6,997 and is named in two of nine races both Thursday and Friday.

Pimlico is once again offering bonus money totaling $100,000 to trainers who run a minimum of five horses in the 15 stakes races during Preakness weekend. The trainer with the most points will receive $50,000, second $25,000, third $12,000, fourth $7,000, fifth $4,000 and sixth $2,000.

Points are accumulated for finishing first (10 points), second (seven), third (five), fourth (three) and having a starter (one) in the Skipat, Miss Preakness, Allaire DuPont Distaff, Black-Eyed Susan, Pimlico Special, Hilltop, Jim McKay Turf Sprint, Maryland Sprint, LARC Sir Barton, Chick Lang, Preakness, Gallorette, James W. Murphy, Dixie and The Very One.

There will also be bonus money totaling $50,000 for trainers with the most points in non-stakes races during Preakness weekend. The points are accumulated in similar fashion with $25,000 going to the leader, $10,000 to second, $7,500 to third, $2,500 to fourth and $1,000 to fifth.

Pimlico will serve as the launching pad for the renewed Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series, an assortment of 25 races at tracks in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania which originally debuted in 1997 and ran for five years.

The Maryland Sprint and Skipat, the latter for fillies and mares, open the dirt sprint division of the MATCH Series on May 18 and 19, respectively. The turf sprint division is kicked off with the Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 18 and The Very One for females May 19.

Seven guaranteed multi-race wagering pools will be offered over Preakness weekend.

On Friday, May 18 the Late Pick 5 (Races 7-11), offering an industry-low 12 percent takeout, and Pick 4 wagers covering Races 8-11 and 11-14 will each be guaranteed at $300,000.

On Preakness Day there will be guaranteed pools of $2 million in the Pick covering Races 10-13, $1 million in the Late Pick 5 (Races 9-13), $500,000 in the Pick 4 spanning Races 6-9 and $250,000 in the early Pick 5 (Races 2-6).

Preakness Week at Pimlico offers several events including Sunrise at Old Hilltop, where fans can have breakfast trackside while watching horses go through their morning exercise Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18; the traditional Alibi Breakfast on Thursday, May 17; and Budweiser InfieldFest, one of the country’s most eclectic outdoor music festivals.

Headlining this year’s InfieldFest on Preakness Day are Post Malone, 21 Savage and Odesza on the event’s new 65-foot mega-stage designed to give attendees a view of the live racing. Also scheduled to perform are DJs Vice and Frank Walker. Additional information can be found at www.preakness.com.

Source: Press Release

Added Horse Racing Date for Golden Gate Fields

Golden gate turf breakGOLDEN GATE FIELDS TO ADD ONE RACING DAY, THURSDAY, MAY 31; BAY AREA TRACK TO OFFER FANS & HORSEMEN ADDITIONAL TURF OPPORTUNITIES AS ALL SOURCES HANDLE SHOWS 31 PERCENT INCREASE OVER 2017

WINTER/SPRING MEET TO CONCLUDE JUNE 10, CREATING A SEVEN-WEEK TURF VOID IN THE BAY AREA

BERKELEY, Calif. —With another strong season underway and its turf course in impeccable condition, Golden Gate Fields has announced it will add Thursday, May 31 to its spring racing calendar, which is welcome news to Bay Area horsemen and fans alike.

“We plan to offer a good many turf races on this extra day and throughout the remainder of the Spring Meet,” said David Duggan, Golden Gate Fields General Manager. “This meet will conclude on June 10 and following that, there’s a seven-week period where there’s no turf racing in Northern California. Our turf course is pristine, and the weather should complement the day nicely.”

Duggan, who took the reins at Golden Gate in December, was quick to defer credit for the track’s recent success.

“Our great position this meet is a direct result of the horseplayers and the fantastic effort put forth by our horsemen, jockeys and our staff,” said Duggan. “As a result, we are very pleased to be adding to our racing calendar, and especially in late-May. We’ve said this many times, but we’ve got a tremendous group of horsemen. We’re excited to be doing well and we look forward to finishing up strong.”

First post time on Thursday, May 31 is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. PT. For additional racing information, please visit www.goldengatefields.com.

Del Mar’s Ship & Win Gets More Lucrative

Is Horse Racing Dead? Del Mar shipper program gets richer

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Del Mar’s highly effective “Ship and Win” program, where owners and trainers are given solid incentives to import out-of-state horses to race locally, returns for its eighth summer at the shore in 2018 with yet another husky bonus increase providing additional encouragement to bring runners to the place “where the turf meets the surf.”

When the program first started in 2011, horsemen bringing Thoroughbreds to Del Mar were rewarded with an automatic check for $1,000 when they made a local start along with a 20% bonus payment on top of whatever purse monies were earned in that initial outing. Last year those incentives had increased to a $1,500 check and a 30% bonus.

For 2018, the “Ship and Win” payout has grown even sweeter still. Now the automatic check has climbed to $2,000, while the 30% first-race purse bonus again will be in place. As it has since its inception, Del Mar works in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Owners of California in formulating and actualizing the program.

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Drew Brees at Del Mar

“This has been a wonderfully successful program for our horsemen, for Del Mar and for all of California racing,” said Del Mar’s racing secretary, David Jerkens. “We’re approaching 1,000 horses brought into the state utilizing ‘Ship and Win’ and they’ve made thousands of starts at all its major racetracks. When these horses come our way, we find they almost all stay in the state. We added to the bonus money again this year to make it even more lucrative to those willing to step up and we’re hoping to see another increase in new stock at our summer meeting.”

The first season that Del Mar put “S & W” in play, it drew 107 horses. Heading into 2018, the track now can count just under 1,000 horses having been brought on board via the program, with those horses having made over 1,500 starts locally and more than 3,500 starts at other state tracks, such as Santa Anita, Los Alamitos and Golden Gate. The equine influx has helped Del Mar maintain one of the highest field-size averages in the country – in 2017 it was 8.6 runners per race (summer) and 8.5 (fall).

Jerkens made note of some of the increases for “S & W” runners when the 30% first-race bonus is calculated into the track’s already healthy purse structure. In the case of a starter in a first-level allowance race, he said the $62,000 purse would be heightened by an additional $18,600 for “S & W” horses, meaning they are instead running for a prize of $80,600. A $32,000 claimer normally races for a pot of $39,000, but with “S & W” monies added in the purse rises to $50,700. Even the track’s lowest-level horses, the $20,000 maiden-claimers, see their purses climb from $20,000 to $26,000.

The racing secretary emphasized that the 30% bonus applies to purse payouts across the board, not just the winner’s share.

He also noted that for local horsemen the program presents the possibilities of personal gain along with the ability to enhance the racing product statewide as it competes for wagering dollars nationally. In the case of racing outfits from outside the state, he said “S & W” makes a direct statement that Del Mar and California racing in general is more than happy to welcome them to one of the best circuits in all the sport.

There are only a few basic rules for “S & W” horses: An eligible horse must have made his/her last start outside California and cannot have raced in the state within the past 12 months. First-time starters are not eligible. All stakes runners are eligible to receive the $2,000 starter fee, but no stakes runners – including overnight stakes – are eligible for the 30% first-race purse bonus.

Those with questions concerning the program are encouraged to contact Jerkens, or Del Mar’s executive vice president for racing, Tom Robbins, at (858) 792-4230.

Del Mar’s summer stand this year will begin on Wednesday, July 18 and continues through to Labor Day Monday, September 3 for a total of 36 racing days. Its fall meeting runs from Friday, November 9 to Sunday, December 2 for 16 racing dates.

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Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in Australia

Horse racing continues to dominate Australia’s betting market

Market research company Roy Morgan delved into Australian gambling habits to produce a series of gambling reports that include analysis of race and sports betting, poker machines, casino table games, keno, lotteries and scratch tickets.

Their analysis shows that racing – whether horse racing, harness racing or greyhound racing – still commands nearly 75% of the Australian betting market…

It was found that the proportion of Australians having a bet by age increases until retirement age, at which point the likelihood of having a bet plunges.

Only 7.2% of Australians aged under 25 have had a bet in the last three months compared to 9.3% of those aged 25-34, 11.3% of those aged 35-49, and 12.6% of those aged 50-64 – the highest of any age group. Then, it drops back to 10.2% of Australians of retirement age (aged 65 and over).

Horse racing continues to dominate Australia’s betting market – check out the interesting study below

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