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.,
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,
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
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
“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
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