Among the reasons for optimism Racing Secretary David Jerkens cited in a pre-meeting assessment of the summer season was increased participation by Northern California-based trainers.
Several Northern California trainers had requested and received more stalls here than in the past and Jerkens, who served as the racing secretary on the Bay Area circuit for nine years, especially noted an ‘M’ Squad of Bill Morey, John Martin, Andy Mathis, Tim McCanna, Steve Miyadi and Bill McClain.
They came, they saw and if they haven’t exactly conquered, they’ve had an impact.
They’ve combined for 14 wins, nine seconds and eight thirds, led by Miyadi, who has a 5-5-4 record from 45 starters with earnings of $301,840, No. 15 on the list of top 100 trainers for the meeting.
Miyadi made his presence known at Del Mar 26 years ago when, at age 32, he saddled Drag Race to win the Del Mar Futurity with its winner’s purse of $241,600.
“I don’t talk about that much, it was a long time ago,” Miyadi said earlier in the meeting. “I’ve won a whole lot of cheaper races since then.”
According to Equibase statistics, Miyadi has 1,382 career wins, 33 of them from 206 starters this year with earnings of more than $1 million.
“I think one thing that David knows, better than most, is that when we come down (from Northern California) we’re coming to run, not train,” Miyadi said.
“I think there have been more Northern California trainers here this year, something that’s been happening through the years,” Jerkens said. “I think that at certain levels they can be competitive and they have been.
“Being up there for nine years, the trainers from up there run, believe me.”
Source: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club