Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 74th summer racing season
starting Wednesday, July 17 led by a veteran team of racing officials.
At the helm will be DMTC’s executive vice president, racing and
industry relations, Tom Robbins, who also serves as the track’s director
of racing and racing secretary. This will be his 33rd summer heading up
the seaside racing office.
Robbins’ chief aides will be Zachary Soto, returning for his 23nd
summer at the shore, and Tora Yamaguchi, serving his 11th season in the
racing office. Both men work as assistant racing secretaries, while Soto
has the additional assignment of stakes coordinator and Yamaguchi
doubles as a placing judge.
The track’s Board of Stewards will be a repeat of last three summers’
crew: Scott Chaney, back for his eighth straight tour at Del Mar; Tom
Ward returning for his ninth summer, and Kim Sawyer, on board for her
fifth season at the track. Additionally, Luis Jauregui will be safety
steward for the seventh year in a row.
Placing judges will be Robert Moreno, Merry Young and Yamaguchi.
Patrol judges will be Sue Brent, Heather Correa and Ruben Hernandez.
Karen Denovel will serve as paddock judge. Overseeing the jockeys’ room
again will be clerk of scales Charles McCaul, assisted by Chris Merz.
Other officials for the 37-day session include Melanie Stubblefield,
clerk of the course; Dianne Piper, horse identifier; Russell Hudak,
morning line maker and official timer; Victor Tovar, horseshoe
identifier; Tim Grande, D.V.M., official veterinarian, and Dana Stead,
D.V.M., racing veterinarian.
Returning as head starter for the meet is Gary Brinson following a
one-year absence. This will be Brinson’s 15 summer at Del Mar.