Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which kicks off its 80th summer racing season July 17, will be led by a team of seasoned racing officials, including Del Mar Executive Vice President Tom Robbins and David Jerkens, the seaside oval’s racing secretary.
Also on board for the 36-day run through the summer will be assistant racing secretary Zachary Soto and Ed Reese, serving as the track’s stakes coordinator for the second time. Other key personnel in the department include stable superintendents Jackie Lynn and Tom Fator, jockey room clerk of scales Matt Nichols and his assistant, Charles McCaul, and clerk of the course Dawn Schmid.
In the stewards’ stand will be the trio of Kim Sawyer (in her 11th season at Del Mar), Grant Baker (in his sixth season) and John Herbuveaux (second season). Joining them will be the track’s safety steward, Luis Jauregui, who has worked in that role since 2009. Del Mar’s placing judges will be Robert Moreno, Sue Brent and Reese doing double duty. Additionally, Heather Correa will serve as a patrol judge along with Brent, while Karen Denovel will work as both a paddock and patrol judge.
The track’s veterinarian crew will consist of three CHRB “official” veterinarians: Dr. Barrie Grant, D.V.M., Dr. Will Farmer, D.V.M. and Dr. Tim Grande, D.V.M. The track will have four other veterinarians: Dr. Dana Stead, D.V.M.; Dr. Nolton Pattio, D.V.M.; Dr. Alina Vale, D.V.M. and Dr. Laurie Bohannon, D.V.M.
Other noteworthy officials for the session include Bridget Crawford, paymaster of purses; Jennifer Paige, horse identifier; Russell Hudak, morning line maker and officer timer and Victor Tovar, horseshoe identifier. Leif Dickinson is back for his 20th year as Del Mar’s turf and landscape superintendent, while main track superintendent Dennis Moore comes back around for his third summer as director of track maintenance. Yet another returnee for the meeting is head starter Jay Slender.
First post throughout the stand will be at 2 p.m. on all days except Fridays when racing begins at 4 p.m. throughout the meeting.
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