DEL MAR, Calif. – Enterprising won the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for 3-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths as turf racing resumed at Del Mar on Saturday.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Enterprising ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:41.31.
Turf racing had been suspended for six days after the deaths or injuries to several horses. It resumed with three races on Saturday, when there were no incidents.
Serious, a 4-year-old filly who broke bones in her left front foot on July 31, is recovering. She was injured in a five-furlong turf sprint, forcing the seaside track to suspend turf races while it worked on the recently installed course, which replaced the original 53-year-old course.
When the course was closed for six days, track crews aerated it, used additional watering and adjusted its inner rail to the 24-foot marker, allowing for horses to race on fresher turf.