Del Mar Stakes Schedule Begins Opening Day

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

 

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