Dennis Moore, the veteran trackman who is currently the track superintendent will be adding one more job title to his resume: director of track maintenance at Del Mar. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club made the announcement on January 19.
The 67-year-old Moore has been involved in the horse racing industry for over 44 years, working at racetracks worldwide. Moore plans to work at both Del Mar and Santa Anita Park.
“Having consistency is a key element in safety and that can mean surface and personnel,” said Del Mar President/General Manager Joe Harper. “With Dennis Moore on board at Southern California’s two major tracks—both featuring the same racing surfaces—we’ve moved solidly in that direction. We owe Keith Brackpool and his people at Santa Anita a big thank you for their willingness to share Dennis with us, which will go a long way toward enhancing Southern California’s racing and training environment.
“We’re doing everything in our power to ensure the finest, safest, and most horse-friendly racing surface we possibly can offer at Del Mar. Dennis knows his business, and our horsemen know Dennis and respect the work he does.”
During his career, Moore has accumulated a large number skills, maintaining and building racetracks not only in the United States, but also in Canada, the Middle East, and Europe. One of his latest projects was directing the expansion of the Los Alamitos Race Course to one mile from its previous five furlongs distance. He also over saw a dirt track installation at Santa Anita in 2014 using “El Segundo sand”. Something Del Mar did last year on its main track.
“Dennis is not only one of the most savvy trackmen in the country, he’s got an almost instinctive feel for how the ‘El Segundo sand’ sets up and plays, which will be a natural plus for his work here at Del Mar,” said Del Mar Executive Vice-President of Racing Tom Robbins. “He’s a pro’s pro and a very bright man who is always learning and open to new ideas. He takes input from all sources and uses it to good advantage.”
Moore will replace Steven Wood Jr., who will now be the senior crew member under Moore.