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Changes in Sports and motoring coverage

July 16, 2008 |  4:21 pm

"What happened to today's entries at Del Mar?" asked reader Richard Faeh of Sierra Madre in an e-mail.

Faeh is one of more than 100 readers who have contacted The Times to ask where the horse-race results are. Sports editor Randy Harvey says this is one effect of the layoffs and cuts that were recently announced in a memo to the staff and July 3 news article in the Business section.

Wrote Harvey, "Due to layoffs and upcoming space cuts, we’ve had to discontinue the handicap and the charts for horse racing. We will continue with occasional horse racing stories as news and events dictate at Del Mar. And we will have robust coverage of the Breeders’ Cup this fall at Santa Anita," including, he hopes, entries and abbreviated charts for Santa Anita.  For what it's worth, Harvey points out that most newspapers have cut back racing coverage in similar fashion.

Eliminated along with the horse racing from Del Mar and Bob Mieszerski's handicap column are three weekly features: Gearing Up on auto racing, Teeing Off on golf and Corner Kicks on soccer.

Several dozen readers asked, too, about Highway 1, which ceased publication July 9. As last week's notice explained, starting July 18 Dan Neil's column will move to the Friday Business section, along with other auto coverage. The Throttle Jockey column has been discontinued, but editors advise that staff writer Susan Carpenter, who wrote the weekly feature on motorcyles, will be writing other stories.