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Discreet Marq Could Make an Appearance in Keeneland's QE II

Christophe Lorieul, assistant to Christophe Clement who had accompanied 3-year-old filly Discreet Marq from New York to Del Mar and saddled her to victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Oaks, reported Sunday morning that the daughter of Discreet Cat had come out of the effort in good order.

Discreet Marq, a winner of three straight stakes since being transferred to Clement’s care, will remain here for only one more day before shipping back to Saratoga on Tuesday and important assignments in the East in the fall.

Representatives of Keeneland had already swung by the barn on Sunday, Lorieul said, to make an early pitch for the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes on Saturday, October 12 at the Lexington, Ky., track.

Discreet Marq answered questions about her ability to get the 1 1/8-mile distance and to rate off the pace in the Oaks. And there were, not surprisingly, no regrets in the Discreet Marq camp over spoiling the chance of Ken and Sarah Ramsey to win four Grade I races across the nation with progeny of their stallion Kitten’s Joy.

“Three is a lot, unbelievable,” Lorieul said. “But they can’t win them all and we were happy to get a piece of the pie, too.”

Eight Pick Six Carryovers So Far At Del Mar Meet

Through the first 24 race days of the 2013 Del Mar meeting, there have been eight Pick Six carryovers, including the $189,822 today.

Through the same 24-day period in 2012, the track experienced seven Pick Six carryovers.

Last year, however, the track finished with a flourish of carryovers, registering eight of them through the final 13 cards.

To this point in the current session, there has been one double carryover, which reached $619,482 on Day 14, Saturday, August 3. Last year there were no double carryovers through the first 24 days, but then three double carries and a mandatory Pick Six payout on closing day, which functions in a similar way to a multiple carryover.

By way of comparison, in 2011 the track had 10 Pick Six carryovers, but no double carries. In 2010, it had 13 carryovers, which included one double and one triple carryover (which reached $1,597,470). And in 2009, it had 12 carryovers with two doubles.

Annual Track Supers/Arena Managers Event At Del Mar

Del Mar will host the 12th annual Track Superintendents and Arena Managers’ Field Day, presented by John Deere, today through Tuesday, August 20.

The event, which will be held at the Surfside Race Place and Del Mar Arena adjacent to the racetrack, is expected to draw in the neighborhood of 120 industry professionals for a series of discussions, workshops and presentations.

It will kick off with a reception on Sunday evening, then go into full gear with two days of gatherings that will include jockeys’ panels, trainers’ panels and video and power point offerings on a wide range of topics.

“This is annually one of the most informative and collegial gatherings anywhere in the horse industry,” said Mike Ziegler, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. “Professionals from all over the globe will convene to share technologies, research and best practices with the sole objective of promoting the safest possible racing environment.”

Among the speakers at the sessions will be Hall of Fame rider Chris McCarron discussing his jockey school in Kentucky and Del Mar’s landscape and turf superintendent, Leif Dickinson, who’ll give a presentation on the track’s planned new turf course, as well as the challenges of dealing with the weather, soil and regulatory issues involved with the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The event moves around North America for its annual presentation and was held at Woodbine near Toronto, Ontario in Canada last year. Del Mar previously hosted it in 2006.

Jockey School A Source Of Pride For McCarron

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Chis McCarron visited the stable area Sunday to renew old acquaintances before his presentation at the Track Superintendents and Arena Managers meeting.

McCarron, Del Mar’s all-time leader for stakes wins with 139, retired in 2002 and, three years later, founded the North American Racing Academy, a school for jockeys based upon similar academies in other countries. It is based in Lexington, Ky.

“We’ve got 21 graduates who are riding races now and collectively as a group they’re closing in on 2,100 victories,” McCarron said. “They hit the 2,000 mark about a month ago and we got six more (Saturday).

“We’ve had the good fortune of having trainers like Todd Pletcher, Allen Jerkens, Christophe Clement, Bill Mott, Michael Matz, Shug McGaughey and others take on interns from our program.”

The academy, which is affiliated with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and offers classes beyond riding and racetrack skills, begins its seventh year of operation Wednesday.

McCarron ended his career with 7,141 wins, two each in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and eight Breeders’ Cup victories, five of them coming in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. His lone Pacific Classic victory came aboard Free House in 1998.

 His post-riding accomplishments with the riding school are similarly impressive.

“It’s immensely gratifying,” McCarron said. “As gratifying as anything I’ve done. To be able to take it from concept to putting my thoughts down on paper and then negotiating with the college system to provide resources and make it happen has been a tremendous source of pride.”

 

 

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