Del Mar to expand its turf course

More horse will fit on Del Mar's turf course after renovations.
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DEL MAR, Calif. (AP)

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.

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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 10-1/2 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.

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