There are the racing faithful at Del Mar who are hoping for a safer summer season in 2017 for horses and jockeys compared to a year ago.
There are a handful of owners and trainers who would very much like the competitive side of this meeting to look as if they DVR’d last year and are just watching replays.
In that sense, they all could find encouraging omens in the results of Wednesday’s 78th opening day.
Trainer Phil D’Amato was last year’s top trainer here with 23 victories, and he opened this summer by winning the first big race, the Oceanside Stakes, with Bowies Hero.
Jockeys Rafael Bejarano and Flavien Prat tied in the 2016 jockey standings here with 38 wins...