The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will play host to the inaugural American Youth Racing Experience (AYRE) this summer, a program intended to give young men and woman an opportunity to take part in the Thoroughbred game.
Ten youngsters between the ages of 16 and 20 will take part in the four-day event from Aug. 14 through Aug. 17 in the run-up to the track’s marquee event, the GI TVG Pacific Classic. Participants will spend mornings in a trainer’s barn before being exposed to industry marketing, customer service, security, rules and regulation, the racing office and track management in the afternoon. The participants will interact with racing officials, vets, owners, trainers and jockeys.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this special program to horse-oriented youngsters in a special location like Del Mar,” said Wendy Davis, the director of the Racetrack Industry Program at the University of Arizona and the coordinator for the AYRE committee. “The American Quarter Horse Association has conducted a similar arrangement for many years but this will be a first on the Thoroughbred side.”
Applications may be obtained from Davis at her University of Arizona office (RTIP, 845 N. Park Ave., Suite 370, Tucson, AZ, 85721) or via email at [email protected].