Racing! Del Mar revs up for third week – Los Angeles Times

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we catch up on some odds and ends.

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten reaction to something like I did from the posting of the stewards’ minutes of the hearing for jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., who showed up at the meeting wearing just two towels. The stewards did not identify where the towels were draped.

Norberto, I’m afraid, is on a roll when it comes to infractions. We’ll go into more details when we have them from the stewards’ minutes but he accumulated three more rulings this meeting in the past few days. He’s responsible for five of the 20 rulings this Del Mar meeting.

He’s suspended for seven days (Aug. 2, 3, 4, 7,8, 9, 10) for careless riding and interference. (The length is based on it being his third offense in 60 days and not a reflection on the severity of the interference.) And then fines for riding a golf cart in a restricted area and entering the track during morning renovation.


Del Mar handle

Del Mar is down about 12% a race and 18% overall after the first two weeks of the meeting. The track has run six fewer races than it did to this point last year.

The on-track handle is down from $17.315 million to $14.131 million or 18.4% total of all races or 12.4 per race. The all sources number sticks to those declines with a $117.459 million in 2018 to $95.888 million this year.

What’s next for Hollendorfer?


There is no doubt that Jerry Hollendorfer will be racing the rest of the meeting at Del Mar. The case filed by the California Thoroughbred Trainers will continue to crawl toward its conclusion, unless the parties decide to call it off. There will be a status conference in October, more than a month after the end of the meeting.

Meanwhile, the CTT has not filed in court against The Stronach Group for Hollendorfer’s inclusion at Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita. Instead, on July 24, the CTT invoked Rule 2043 to the California Horse Racing Board, which should “immediately investigate the allegations and may refer the complaint to the Board of Stewards appointed for the meeting where the violation is alleged to have occurred…” In this case, the allegation is that Hollendorfer is not allowed to race and never even had a hearing.

The track will argue they have the right to refuse anyone access to their business. This time, the CHRB, which wants to have nothing to do with this situation, could be the final arbiter, if and when they act.

Training accident at Del Mar

Bowl of Soul, a 3-year-old filly for Bob Baffert suffered a rare hind fetlock injury during training on Monday and was euthanized. It was the third fatality during training at Del Mar. The first two deaths happened in a freak accident two weeks ago when Charge a Bunch threw his rider and ran head first into Carson Valley, who was also trained by Baffert. You can read more the fatalities. Just click here.

Answer Man

It’s been way, way too long since we’ve done an answer man segment. You have to admit, things got a bit distracting during the first half of the year. But, things seemed to have settled down.

So, email me your question. Nothing is too simple because if you are wondering something, likely so are others. Just put answer man in the subject field. As always, can’t get to them all but I’ll do my best to get to ones that can actually be answered. Email: [email protected].


Who goofed, I’ve got to know?

I’ll share this one with the stewards. In the ruling we ran on Monday on Flavien Prat getting three days, we identified the race as the Daisycutter Handicap on June 20 because that’s what it said in the minutes. However, I should have caught the fact that Santa Anita was still running at that time and it was actually July 20. Sorry about that.

Del Mar preview

It’s a seven-race card starting at 2 p.m. There is a stakes race, two turf races, three races for maidens and two starter allowances races, which is a really fancy name for a claiming race in which the horses can’t be claimed.

The $100,000 CTBA Stakes is the feature race, 5 ½ furlongs for Cal-bred 2-year-old fillies. These are all very young and untested horses. The favorite, at 2-1, is Cholula Lips for trainer Mike Harrington and jockey Rafael Bejarano. She won her first race at Santa Anita and then finished second in a stakes race at Churchill Downs.

The second favorite is Bulletproof One at 5-2. Peter Miller and Norberto Arroyo, Jr. are the team on this horse. She won her first race at Golden Gate by eight lengths, then won at Pleasanton (fair circuit) by 9 ¼ lengths.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 9, 7, 10, 10 (1 also eligible), 10 (2 ae), 8 and 10 (1 ae).

Bob Ike’s Dmr pick of the day


SEVENTH RACE: Exacta Box 7-9

Starter allowance turf event to close out the card and I will make an exacta box with a pair of 6-1 shots in Spanish Bay and Honos Man. Spanish Bay looks like the controlling speed of the race and will be tough to collar if he is as effective on turf and can get the distance. Honos Man switched to grass and romped by nearly five lengths vs. maiden claimers at Churchill Downs. Let’s try to get them to finish 1-2 in here.

Sunday’s result: Raglan Road (5-1) got a great trip sitting behind the leaders inside but lacked the needed punch and was out-finished for second near the wire.

Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of (here’s a video) and the proprietor of (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).

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Now, the star of the show, Wednesday’s entries.

Del Mar Entries for Wednesday, July 31.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California. $2 Win, Place and Show; $1 Exacta, $2 Quinella, 50-cent Trifecta, $2 Rolling Double, 50-cent rolling Pick 3; 10-cent Superfecta; 50-cent Pick 4 last 4 races; 50-cent Players Pick 5 first 5 races; $2 Pick 6 last 6 races; $1 Place Pick All; $1 Super High Five last race. Trifecta needs 4 betting interests; Superfecta needs 6. 11th day of a 36-day meet.


6 Furlongs. Purse: $28,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $40,000-$35,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Shesaidshesperfect Eswan Flores 120 Tim McCanna 20-1 40,000
2 So Much Happy Aaron Gryder 120 George Papaprodromou 8-1 40,000
3 So Gucci Evin Roman 120 Doug F. O’Neill 10-1 40,000
4 Thought I’dmissyou Abel Cedillo 120 J. Eric Kruljac 20-1 40,000
5 Vangogo Rafael Bejarano 120 Doug F. O’Neill 3-1 40,000
6 Buyback Edwin Maldonado 120 Jeff Bonde 15-1 40,000
7 Grey Lady J.C. Diaz, Jr. 113 Clifford W. Sise, Jr. 5-2 40,000
8 Tandalicious Jorge Velez 115 Philip D’Amato 4-1 35,000
9 Bellazano Mario Gutierrez 120 Shelbe Ruis 4-1 40,000


1 Mile. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Mica Bay Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 121 Philip D’Amato 10-1
2 Gate Speed Kent Desormeaux 121 Mark Glatt 5-1
3 Commanding Chief Victor Espinoza 121 John W. Sadler 4-1
4 Street Class Ruben Fuentes 121 Michael W. McCarthy 7-2
5 Air Boss Jorge Velez 114 John W. Sadler 8-1
6 Mo Reserve Aaron Gryder 121 Philip D’Amato 3-1
7 C Falls Martin Garcia 121 Shelbe Ruis 4-1


6 Furlongs. Purse: $36,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Railman Rafael Bejarano 118 Peter Eurton 5-1
2 Call You Tomorrow Joseph Talamo 120 Brian J. Koriner 9-2
3 Big Barrel J.C. Diaz, Jr. 117 Leonard Powell 8-1
4 The White Shadow Ruben Fuentes 118 Andrew Lerner 15-1
5 Tikkun Olam Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 118 J. Eric Kruljac 12-1
6 Sir Eddie Diego Sanchez 122 Dan Blacker 5-1
7 Oil Can Knight Abel Cedillo 120 Doug F. O’Neill 6-1
8 Bouncing Around Ignacio Puglisi 124 Jack Carava 8-1
9 Baby Gronk Martin Pedroza 124 William Spawr 7-2
10 Union Ride Eswan Flores 120 Hector O. Palma 15-1


5½ Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Vegan Mario Gutierrez 120 Doug F. O’Neill 8-1
2 Traffic Stopper Edwin Maldonado 120 Brian J. Koriner 3-1
3 Warren’s Showtime Jorge Velez 113 Craig Anthony Lewis 9-2
4 Bayonce Martin Garcia 120 Peter Eurton 5-1
5 Livin’ At the Bu Geovanni Franco 120 Bill McLean 20-1
6 Golden Goddess Assael Espinoza 120 Steve Knapp 20-1
7 Nocherylikemychery Rafael Bejarano 120 Mike Harrington 12-1
8 Twentyseventrouts Aaron Gryder 120 Mike Puype 5-1
9 Smiling to Excess Tiago Pereira 120 Paul G. Aguirre 7-2
10 Navy Queen J.C. Diaz, Jr. 113 Scott Rollins 12-1


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $35,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 My Aunt Tillie Drayden Van Dyke 120 Mike Puype 6-1 25,000
2 Wind Tartare Victor Espinoza 120 Vann Belvoir 6-1 25,000
3 Candy Swirls Tiago Pereira 120 William Spawr 3-1 25,000
4 Indypendent Deputy Mario Gutierrez 120 Dallas E. Keen 20-1 25,000
5 Peach Time Martin Pedroza 120 Molly J. Pearson 12-1 25,000
6 Majestic Diva Aaron Gryder 118 David Bernstein 20-1 22,500
7 Lady Phyllis Abel Cedillo 120 Steve M. Sherman 6-1 25,000
8 Tammy’s Window Ruben Fuentes 120 John W. Sadler 7-2 25,000
9 Twirling Apples Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 118 Vladimir Cerin 4-1 22,500
10 Convince Rafael Bejarano 120 Doug F. O’Neill 5-1 25,000
Also Eligible
11 Battleground State Jorge Velez 111 Dean Greenman 10-1 22,500


5½ Furlongs. Purse: $100,000. ‘California Thoroughbred Breeders Associa’. Stakes. Fillies. 2 year olds. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Roses for Laura Edgar Payeras 120 Gary Sherlock 6-1
2 Bulletproof One Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 122 Peter Miller 5-2
3 None of Your Biz Aaron Gryder 120 Brian J. Koriner 4-1
4 Bella Renella Agapito Delgadillo 118 Rafael DeLeon 20-1
5 Wise Rachel Joseph Talamo 120 Quinn Howey 20-1
6 Unchain Her Heart Edwin Maldonado 120 Brian J. Koriner 6-1
7 Cholula Lips Rafael Bejarano 120 Mike Harrington 2-1
8 Acai Mario Gutierrez 120 Doug F. O’Neill 10-1


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $36,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Herdsman Eswan Flores 120 D. Wayne Baker 20-1
2 Tequila Blanco Abel Cedillo 124 Steven Miyadi 12-1
3 Big Sky Logan Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 122 Vladimir Cerin 5-1
4 Fast as Cass Tiago Pereira 122 Steve Knapp 6-1
5 Tartini Ignacio Puglisi 122 Jack Carava 9-2
6 Spanish Bay Joseph Talamo 122 Richard E. Mandella 6-1
7 Ocean Fury Rafael Bejarano 120 Doug F. O’Neill 7-2
8 Honos Man Kent Desormeaux 120 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 6-1
9 Chosen Vessel Drayden Van Dyke 122 Craig Dollase 5-1
10 River God Jorge Velez 111 Vladimir Cerin 6-1

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