Del Mar Diaries: Texas Owner Ships and Wins
The Ship and Win program inaugurated in 2011 for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meeting helped lure 107 horses from from out of state during the ultra-competitive summer racing months. Among the trainers who shipped to Del Mar was Texas-based Dallas Keen, who previously trained in Southern California in the 1990s. Keen brought 10 horses to the seaside track in 2011 because of the program that paid $1,000 and a 20% purse bonus for each qualifying horse’s first start.
This year, with the bonus money increased to 25% for their first 2012 Del Mar start (in addition to the $1,000 start payment), Keen has returned with an even bigger group of out-of-state horses, 30. In a video interview with Ray Paulick, Keen talked about the Del Mar Ship and Win program and how it’s encouraged more of his owners to give Southern California horseracing a try.