The traditional opening day Oceanside Stakes, run in divisions 25 times from 1981-2008, will go as a singular event for the fifth time in the last seven years when the 76th summer season commences on Thursday, July 16.
There were 30 horses nominated for the $100,000, one-mile turf test for 3-year-olds and 12 will go postward. The field from the rail out:
Forest Blue (Victor Espinoza), Peacenluvpeacenluv (David Flores), Tried And True (Martin Pedroza), Fueled By Bourbon (Tyler Baze), Royal Albert Hall (Flavien Prat), Ride Hard Kowboy (Fernando Perez), Thanksgiving Day (Martin Garcia), Ground Rules (Kent Desormeaux), Anytime Anyplace (Drayden Van Dyke), Papacoolpapacool (Gary Stevens), Soul Driver (Mike Smith), Extant (Joe Talamo).
ENTRY BOX FILLS NICELY FOR FIRST TWO DAYS
A total of 122 horses was entered foropening-day 10-race card, an average of 12.2 per race and 81 for eight-race program, an even 9.0 average.
LOPEZ ANSWERS EMERGENCY CALL AS STARTER
John Lopez, who filled in for Gary Brinson as race starter in 2012 when family duties called Brinson away, has been called to service again this summer.
Jay Slender, who was scheduled for his first summer season as starter, has been sidelined with health issues and Lopez was the obvious immediate choice as replacement. Slender will have surgeryand could return during the meeting if sufficiently recovered.
Source: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club