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Take an exclusive look into the sights and sounds of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s 75th Opening Day in June 2012. CEO Joe Harper keeps alive the tradition that began with Bing Crosby, and a couple of creative “jockeys” are thinking well outside of the oval, to put it mildly.  

Photos courtesy of Benoit. 

Jockeys wave to the crowd

Del Mar Scene Joceys

The Winner of the Hat Contest

Del Mar Hat

The First Race at Del Mar

Del Mar scene (2)

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Marc Doche

As a life-long horse racing fan and handicapper, it's an honor to be joining America’s Best Racing to share my knowledge and expertise with horse racing fans.  I am based out of Southern California and will provide a particular focus on the best races, tracks, jockeys, trainers and owners on the West Coast circuit.

Since the early 1980's when I visited Santa Anita with my grandfather as a young boy, the track has been in my blood. As soon as I turned 16, I was driving out to the track as much as possible, and with the advent of the self-service machines, was able to wager hassle free.

After graduating from UCLA in 2000, I began my career in sports media as a site manager for Athletesdirect.com and a couple of years later became the Media Relations Coordinator for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.

In the past few years, I have moved my focus to covering the Sport of Kings and have worked in the early hours to better understand morning workouts and putting the pieces of the handicapping puzzle together.

I have also used my journalistic talents to produce video coverage of stakes races in Southern California, as well as interviews with jockeys, trainers, owners and more. I look forward to providing their in-depth insight to you.

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Marc Doche

As a life-long horse racing fan and handicapper, it's an honor to be joining America’s Best Racing to share my knowledge and expertise with horse racing fans.  I am based out of Southern California and will provide a particular focus on the best races, tracks, jockeys, trainers and owners on the West Coast circuit.

Since the early 1980's when I visited Santa Anita with my grandfather as a young boy, the track has been in my blood. As soon as I turned 16, I was driving out to the track as much as possible, and with the advent of the self-service machines, was able to wager hassle free.

After graduating from UCLA in 2000, I began my career in sports media as a site manager for Athletesdirect.com and a couple of years later became the Media Relations Coordinator for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.

In the past few years, I have moved my focus to covering the Sport of Kings and have worked in the early hours to better understand morning workouts and putting the pieces of the handicapping puzzle together.

I have also used my journalistic talents to produce video coverage of stakes races in Southern California, as well as interviews with jockeys, trainers, owners and more. I look forward to providing their in-depth insight to you.

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