Racing! Del Mar revs up for third week

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:

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.

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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.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1ShesaidshesperfectEswan Flores120Tim McCanna20-140,000
2So Much HappyAaron Gryder120George Papaprodromou8-140,000
3So GucciEvin Roman120Doug F. O'Neill10-140,000
4Thought I'dmissyouAbel Cedillo120J. Eric Kruljac20-140,000
5VangogoRafael Bejarano120Doug F. O'Neill3-140,000
6BuybackEdwin Maldonado120Jeff Bonde15-140,000
7Grey LadyJ.C. Diaz, Jr.113Clifford W. Sise, Jr.5-240,000
8TandaliciousJorge Velez115Philip D'Amato4-135,000
9BellazanoMario Gutierrez120Shelbe Ruis4-140,000


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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Mica BayNorberto Arroyo, Jr.121Philip D'Amato10-1
2Gate SpeedKent Desormeaux121Mark Glatt5-1
3Commanding ChiefVictor Espinoza121John W. Sadler4-1
4Street ClassRuben Fuentes121Michael W. McCarthy7-2
5Air BossJorge Velez114John W. Sadler8-1
6Mo ReserveAaron Gryder121Philip D'Amato3-1
7C FallsMartin Garcia121Shelbe Ruis4-1


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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1RailmanRafael Bejarano118Peter Eurton5-1
2Call You TomorrowJoseph Talamo120Brian J. Koriner9-2
3Big BarrelJ.C. Diaz, Jr.117Leonard Powell8-1
4The White ShadowRuben Fuentes118Andrew Lerner15-1
5Tikkun OlamNorberto Arroyo, Jr.118J. Eric Kruljac12-1
6Sir EddieDiego Sanchez122Dan Blacker5-1
7Oil Can KnightAbel Cedillo120Doug F. O'Neill6-1
8Bouncing AroundIgnacio Puglisi124Jack Carava8-1
9Baby GronkMartin Pedroza124William Spawr7-2
10Union RideEswan Flores120Hector O. Palma15-1


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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1VeganMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill8-1
2Traffic StopperEdwin Maldonado120Brian J. Koriner3-1
3Warren's ShowtimeJorge Velez113Craig Anthony Lewis9-2
4BayonceMartin Garcia120Peter Eurton5-1
5Livin' At the BuGeovanni Franco120Bill McLean20-1
6Golden GoddessAssael Espinoza120Steve Knapp20-1
7NocherylikemycheryRafael Bejarano120Mike Harrington12-1
8TwentyseventroutsAaron Gryder120Mike Puype5-1
9Smiling to ExcessTiago Pereira120Paul G. Aguirre7-2
10Navy QueenJ.C. Diaz, Jr.113Scott Rollins12-1


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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1My Aunt TillieDrayden Van Dyke120Mike Puype6-125,000
2Wind Tartare Victor Espinoza120Vann Belvoir6-125,000
3Candy SwirlsTiago Pereira120William Spawr3-125,000
4Indypendent DeputyMario Gutierrez120Dallas E. Keen20-125,000
5Peach TimeMartin Pedroza120Molly J. Pearson12-125,000
6Majestic DivaAaron Gryder118David Bernstein20-122,500
7Lady PhyllisAbel Cedillo120Steve M. Sherman6-125,000
8Tammy's WindowRuben Fuentes120John W. Sadler7-225,000
9Twirling ApplesNorberto Arroyo, Jr.118Vladimir Cerin4-122,500
10ConvinceRafael Bejarano120Doug F. O'Neill5-125,000
Also Eligible
11Battleground StateJorge Velez111Dean Greenman10-122,500


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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Roses for LauraEdgar Payeras120Gary Sherlock6-1
2Bulletproof OneNorberto Arroyo, Jr.122Peter Miller5-2
3None of Your BizAaron Gryder120Brian J. Koriner4-1
4Bella RenellaAgapito Delgadillo118Rafael DeLeon20-1
5Wise RachelJoseph Talamo120Quinn Howey20-1
6Unchain Her HeartEdwin Maldonado120Brian J. Koriner6-1
7Cholula LipsRafael Bejarano120Mike Harrington2-1
8AcaiMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill10-1


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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1HerdsmanEswan Flores120D. Wayne Baker20-1
2Tequila BlancoAbel Cedillo124Steven Miyadi12-1
3Big Sky LoganNorberto Arroyo, Jr.122Vladimir Cerin5-1
4Fast as CassTiago Pereira122Steve Knapp6-1
5TartiniIgnacio Puglisi122Jack Carava9-2
6Spanish BayJoseph Talamo122Richard E. Mandella6-1
7Ocean FuryRafael Bejarano120Doug F. O'Neill7-2
8Honos ManKent Desormeaux120Robert B. Hess, Jr.6-1
9Chosen VesselDrayden Van Dyke122Craig Dollase5-1
10River GodJorge Velez111Vladimir Cerin6-1