Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Del Mar Ship And Win Program Enhanced Again; First-Race Bonus Raised To $2,500 Plus 40% Of Purse Won

Del Mar’s highly effective “Ship and Win” program, which for the past eight years has provided substantial incentives to owners and trainers to import out-of-state horses to race locally, will be back for a ninth summer at the shore with yet another enhanced bonus package attached in hopes of luring more runners to the seaside […]

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Del Mar Releases $7.4 Million Summer Stakes Schedule

Del Mar, the historic oval that will be presenting its 80th summer of racing alongside the blue Pacific starting on Wednesday, July 17, will offer its horsemen a robust stakes schedule consisting of 40 events worth nearly $7.4 million during its 36-day stand. The shore racing headquarter’s richest and most prestigious day will come on […]

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Del Mar Handle Increases 7.3 Percent During Fall Meet

Following on the heels of a stellar summer season, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., completed its fifth fall meet Sunday, highlighted by gains in total handle and four weeks of safe racing. All sources wagering for the 16-day session totaled $165,289,183, compared to the 2017 total handle of $154,069,710, an increase […]

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Del Mar: Field Sizes Drop With Rain, But Meet ‘Finishing Especially Strong’

Entering the final week of the Del Mar meeting, the racing office could anticipate average field size numbers for the fall meeting to be close to the outstanding 8.5 of 2017. Then rains hit Thursday and carried over into Friday. Seven races were taken off the Jimmy Durante Turf Course and switched to the main […]

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Espinoza ‘Stronger Day By Day,’ Could Return To The Saddle In January

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was back at Del Mar Saturday for the first time since incurring a fractured vertebra and spinal cord trauma in a training accident here on July 22. The official duties for Espinoza were to present the trophy to the winner of the Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby – which […]

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Horse For Course? ‘Professional’ Fahan Mura Rates Strong Chance In Sunday’s Matriarch

The rains that doused the Jimmy Durante Turf Course Thursday and Friday have added questions and intrigue to the mix for Sunday’s Grade I $300,000 Matriarch Stakes. As if the closing-day, signature event of fall racing at Del Mar needed more of those things. There were already points to ponder regarding how the locally-based horses […]

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Vasilika Heads Field Of 14 Distaffers In Sunday’s Matriarch

Del Mar ends its 16-day 2018 Fall racing season Sunday featuring older fillies and mares in the Grade I $300,000 Matriarch Stakes at one mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Post time for the first of nine races on closing day is 12:30 p.m. Heading an outstanding line-up of 14 distaff runners is […]

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Carrick’s Connections Hoping For Firm Ground In Saturday’s Hollywood Derby

Among his many credentials, Nick Esler is a licensed trainer who this week served an advance man for his “best mate,” Tom Morley, and frequent employer Christophe Clement by bringing Carrick and Have At It in to Del Mar for Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Derby. Carrick, trained by Morley for Donegal Racing, won the […]

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$1,536 Ticket Leads To $218,929 Pick Six Jackpot Payoff At Del Mar

Dare to Dream Stable’s Concord Jet went wire to wire in the nightcap at Del Mar Thursday and gave one racing fan a $218,929 payday for holding the only winning ticket on the track’s Pick Six bet. The large payoff included $155,879 from the track’s Pick Six Jackpot pool, which was added to the regular […]

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Drenching Rain Forces Races Off Turf At Del Mar For First Time In Three Years

A quarter-inch of rain drenched the track early Thursday morning and with forecasts for even stronger storms to hit 90 minutes to an hour before first post, track officials decided to close the main surface to training and move four races on the eight-race card from the turf to the main track. “We just want […]

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