Beautiful Del Mar by the sea begins its annual 43-day run on July 24, with races scheduled Wednesday through Monday through September 11.
In addition to offering world-class racing, Del Mar has been California’s vacation getaway for horsemen and fans since 1937, when Bing Crosby and his Hollywood cronies opened the track where the turf meets the surf.
In the hopes of getting GamingToday bettors off and running at Del Mar, TurfÂÃ‚ÂEditor and columnist Ed Golden "picked the brains" of several trainers for some inside information on their barns for the 43-day season by the sea.
Here’s what they had to say:
CRAIG DOLLASE ”” "I have a lot of young horse still unnamed that might surface at Del Mar. One of the good ones could be an unraced 3-year-old named Contact High, who’s a full brother to Cliquot, who was a top runner for John Shirreffs when he trained for 505 Farms."
CAESAR DOMINGUEZ ”” "Some of my young horses are either sick or hurt, but I’m taking 32 head (to Del Mar from Santa Anita). Maybe things will change a bit. The wheel turns sooner or later, and maybe it will be our turn."
CLIFF SISE JR. ”” "I’ve got a bunch of 2-year-olds that are all late foals, so the timing to run them (in their debuts) at Del Mar is good and they’re training good at Santa Anita." Sise named Tribe (by Cherokee Run), Royal Siphon (by Siphon) and a Royal Academy filly as his top prospects. "I hope to run the Royal Academy filly on the grass at the end of the meet," Sise said. "I’ve got some nice 2-year-olds."
WESLEY WARD ”” Ward said he wants to see how Del Mar’s main track plays before deciding to ship his stable there from Hollywood. "Depending on the (Del Mar) track condition, we’re either going to have them all at Hollywood or all at Del Mar," said Ward, whose aces include Bear Fan, venerable sprint star Men’s Exclusive and 2-year-old filly Hostility, who is being pointed for the CTBA Stakes on July 26. "My best 2-year-old is Omega Code and I plan to run him opening day," Ward said. "He’s by Exclusive Quality and we paid $350,000 for him at the Miami sales."