Del Mar Stakes Schedule Features 41 Stakes Races – Opening Day July 19
The Del Mar Summer Meet is just 8 days away, and the summer schedule will feature 41 stakes races worth $7.3 million. The 36-day season begins July 19 and the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes will kick off the stakes schedule on the turf.
The track will offer 33 advertised stakes, carrying purses from $100,000 to $1 million, as well as eight overnight stakes, each worth $75,000. The advertised stakes include 21 graded events—six of them grade 1 races, 11 at grade 2, and four at grade 3. A total of 19 stakes races will be run on the grass with the other 22 on the main track.
“For the most part, this is the traditional Del Mar stakes schedule that’s been a popular presentation for us for the last decade,” said David Jerkens, Del Mar’s racing secretary. “Our horsemen know it and like it. Our fans do, too. It’s a case of a perfect racetrack axiom: you stick with a winner.”
The Del Mar stakes program is expected to take on extra significance this year with the 34th edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships headed to the seaside track for the first time as part of its fall session. Horsemen from around the country are expected to take advantage of the summer races as preps for their runners who are being pointed for any of the 13 Breeders’ Cup championship events to be held Nov. 3-4.
American’s best race horse, Arrogate, will likely make his next start at Del Mar July 22 in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap. Arrogate will be prepping for the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 19 at Del Mar – a “Win and You’re In” race to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
As in previous summer seasons, five of Del Mar’s key stakes have been scheduled as Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races, meaning a victory in any of them will guarantee the winning horse an entry—with all fees paid—in a corresponding Breeders’ Cup divisional race, along with a travel bonus if the horse is based outside California.
- July 29 – $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) – entry to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint
- July 30 – $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) – entry to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff
- 19 – $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic (G1) – entry to the Breeders’ Cup Classic
- 19 – $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (G1) – entry to the Breeders’ Cup Turf
- 26 – $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) – entry to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Del Mar will present its two championship races for 2-year-olds on Labor Day weekend. The pair of grade 1 headliners—the Del Mar Debutante for fillies Sept. 2 and the Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4—are run at seven furlongs and carry purses of $300,000.
Del Mar has returned to its traditional Wednesday opening this year and will race five days per week (Wednesday through Sunday) for the entire summer, finishing with a six-day week concluding on the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 4. Post time throughout the session will be 2 p.m., with the exception of Fridays, when the first race goes off at 4 p.m. for the first five of those days, then at 3:30 p.m. for the last two (Aug. 25 and Sept. 1).
|Sat., July 22||Eddie Read Stakes||2||$250,000||3&Up||Turf||1 1/8 Miles|
|Sun., July 23||San Clemente Handicap||2||$200,000||F3YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Sun., July 23||Wickerr Stakes||$75,000||3&Up||Turf||1 Mile|
|Wed, July 26||Cougar II Handicap||3||$100,000||3&Up||Dirt||1 1/2 Miles|
|Fri., July 28||Real Good Deal Stakes||$150,000||Cal 3YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Sat., July 29||Bing Crosby Stakes*||1||$300,000||3&Up||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Sat., July 29||California Dreamin’ Stakes||$150,000||Cal 3&Up||Turf||1 1/16 Miles|
|Sun., July 30||Clement L. Hirsche Stakes*||1||$300,000||F&M 3&Up||Dirt||1 1/16 Miles|
|Sun., July 30||Fleet Treat Stakes||$150,000||F3YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Wed., Aug 2||CTBA Stakes||$100,000||Cal F2YO||Dirt||5 1/2 Furlongs|
|Fri., Aug. 4||Daisycutter Handicap||$75,000||F&M 3&Up||Turf||5 Furlongs|
|Sat,. Aug 5||Sorrento Stakes||2||$200,000||F2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Sat., Aug 5||Yellow Ribbon Handicap||2||$200,000||F&M 3&Up||Turf||1 1/16 Miles|
|Sun., Aug 6||La Jolla Handicap||3||$150,000||3YO||Turf||1 1/16 Miles|
|Sun., Aug 6||Graduation Stakes||$100,000||Cal 2YO||Dirt||5 1/2 Furlongs|
|Fri., Aug 11||Solana Beach Stakes||$150,000||Cal F&M 3&Up||Turf||1 1/16 Miles|
|Sat., Aug 12||Best Pal Stakes||2||$200,000||2YO||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Sun., Aug 13||Rancho Bernardo Handicap||3||$100,000||F&M 3&Up||Dirt||6 1/2 Furlongs|
|Wed., Aug 16||CTT and TOC Handicap||$75,000||F&M 3&Up||Turf||1 3/8 Miles|
|Fri., Aug 18||Green Flash Handicap||$75,000||3&Up||Turf||5 Furlongs|
|Sat., Aug 19||TVG Pacific Classic||1||$1,000,000||3&Up||Dirt||1 1/4 Miles|
|Sat., Aug 19||Del Mar Oaks||1||$300,000||F3YO||Turf||1 1/8 Miles|
|Sat., Aug 19||Del Mar Handicap||2||$250,000||3&Up||Turf||1 3/8 Miles|
|Sun., Aug 20||Del Mar Mile||2||$200,000||3&Up||Turf||1 Mile|
|Wed., Aug 23||Harry F. Brubaker Stakes||$75,000||3&Up||Dirt||1 Mile|
|Fri., Aug 25||Tranquility Lake Stakes||$75,000||F&M 3&Up||Dirt||1 Mile|
|Sat., Aug 26||Pat O’Brien Stakes||2||$200,000||3&Up||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Sat., Aug 26||Shared Belief Stakes||$100,000||3YO||Dirt||1 Mile|
|Sun., Aug 27||Toreey Pines Stakes||3||$100,000||F3YO||Dirt||1 Mile|
|Wed., Aug 30||Generous Portion Stakes||$100,000||Cal F2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Fri., Sept 1||I’m Smokin Stakes||$100,000||Cal 2YO||Dirt||6 Furlongs|
|Sat., Sept 2||Del Mar Debutante||1||$300,000||F2YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Sat., Sept 2||John C. Mabee Stakes||2||$200,000||F&M 3&Up||Turf||1 1/8 Miles|
|Sun., Sept 3||Del Mar Derby||2||$250,000||3YO||Turf||1 1/8 Miles|
|Sun., Sept 3||Del Mar Juvenile Turf||$100,000||2YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Mon., Sept 4||Del Mar Futurity||1||$300,000||2YO||Dirt||7 Furlongs|
|Mon, Sept 4||Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf||$100,000||F2YO||Turf||1 Mile|
|Mon., Sept 4||C.E.R.F. Stakes||$75,000||F&M 3&Up||Dirt||6 Furlongs|