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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Del Mar to expand turf course

Associated Press

DEL MAR, Calif. -- Del Mar will begin an expansion of its turf course on Friday, widening the strip to accommodate more horses in an effort to host a future Breeders' Cup.

The seaside track says the project is expected to cost just under $5 million.

The new course will accommodate 14 horses from the current 10-horse maximum, and the turns will be softened to make it safer for horses and riders. It will be widened 80 feet from the current 63-foot width on the straightaways, and it will consist of 10½ acres of grass compared to 7.7 on the existing course.

The track indicated the changes could make it eligible to host the Breeders' Cup world championships as early as 2015.