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Del Mar Cuts Horse Racing Days

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DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) - Officials say horse racing at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has been cut to five days a week due to economic reasons.

Club officials said Monday racing will now be staged Wednesdays through Sundays at the seaside track north of San Diego.

The racing season there starts July 22 and closes Sept. 9. The only Monday races will be held on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

The track previously had six racing days a week.

Joe Harper, Del Mar's president, did not give specifics about the economics behind the move except to say there are fewer racehorses available in the state.

He says the tighter schedule will let Del Mar present bigger race cards and give horses more rest.

A call to club spokesperson Mac McBride was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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