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$7,800,000 In Stakes, Record Overnight Purses At Del Mar

Del Mar will present 43 stakes races worth $7,800,000 during its 2013 summer race meeting, as well as record overnight purses that will be California’s highest and among America’s richest at well over $650,000 per day.

The seaside track’s 74th summer season will get underway on Wednesday, July 17 and run through Wednesday, September 4 for a total of 37 racing days.

Headlining the 33 “advertised” stakes on the shore oval’s ledger will be the 23rd edition of the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic, a mile and one-quarter test that carries Grade I status and will anchor a stakes tripleheader on Sunday, August 25.

Leading the way on the track’s best-ever overnight purse schedule is the $85,000 prize for a moneyed allowance race, a $75,000 pot for straight maidens and a $68,000 purse for $62,500 claimers.

Besides its 33 major stakes, Del Mar also will offer 10 overnight stakes with purses boosted to a record level of $90,000 each.

“Good racing makes for good business which makes for good purses,” noted Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s president and CEO Joe Harper. “We had such a wonderful meet in 2012 I don’t know how we’re going to be able to better it this time around. But with the purses we’ve got as a starting point, I give us a better than average chance to swing for the fences again.”

All told, the track will offer seven Grade I stakes bookended by the Eddie Read Stakes on the grass on its opening Saturday (July 20) and the Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs on closing day. The other top-of-the-line offerings are the Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs (July 28), the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at a mile and one-sixteenth (August 3), the Del Mar Oaks at nine panels on the lawn (August 17) and the Del Mar Debutante at seven eighths (August 31). 

With the exception of the rich TVG Pacific Classic, all of Del Mar’s Grade I races carry purses of $300,000.

The racing headquarters founded by Bing Crosby and his Hollywood pals back in 1937 will present two or more stakes on nine different days throughout the meet topped by the TVG Pacific Classic Day tripleheader that also will spotlight a pair of Grade II confrontations – the $250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at seven furlongs and the $200,000 Del Mar Mile on the Jimmy Durante turf course.

Leading the stakes parade will be the popular opening-day Oceanside Stakes at a mile on grass for 3-year-olds. In its 32 runnings since 1981, the Oceanside has been split no fewer than 26 times as it serves as a key prep for the track’s sophomore championship event, the $300,000 Del Mar Derby slated for September 1 this year.

Five of the stakes have been deemed Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races, meaning fees for designated Breeders' Cup races will be paid. They are the Bing Crosby, Clement L. Hirsch, Del Mar Handicap, Pat O'Brien and Pacific Classic.

Two of the track’s stakes have been enhanced by $50,000 this season, while a third has been reduced. The added stakes money goes to a pair of California-bred grass races – the California Dreamin’ Handicap (July 21) and the Solana Beach Handicap (August 18) – each now increased from $100,000 to $150,000 as part of the statewide breeding commitment to a more lucrative stakes program for homegrown runners. The Yellow Ribbon Handicap (September 2), which prior to last year was run as the Palomar Handicap, had its purse reduced from a one-year level of $250,000 to its original prize of $150,000 for its 2013 renewal.

The track’s husky overnight purses have provided encouragement to the state’s horsemen to point for the summer session at the shore, as well as for out-of-staters to come on board for the seven-week stand.

“It’s special to win a race at Del Mar,” said Thoroughbred Owners of California board chairman Mike Pegram. “And with the notably lucrative overnight purse structure now in place at the track, we’re delighted to work in partnership with the folks at DMTC to put on one of the best shows in all of the sport.”

The overnight schedule offers large prizes at its top end, but also healthy rewards across the board. Whereas top-level allowance horses run for $85,000 pots, those at the “non-winners other than” end are offered $77,000. And while straight maidens run for a remarkable $75,000 prize, lesser maidens also are well-rewarded for their efforts. A maiden $50,000 claimer can race for $38,000 and a low-rung maiden $20,000 claimer has a $25,000 prize to chase. Even at the bottom end in the claiming ranks the purses prove ample. Runners in the $12,500 bracket race for $28,000 and $8,000 stock is offered $20,000.

“When you look at what we used to run for not that long ago and what we’re running for now, it is rather amazing,” noted Del Mar’s executive vice president for racing and racing secretary Tom Robbins. “If you’ve got a runner, Del Mar is most certainly the place to be.”

The complete list of stakes and the complete overnight purse schedule follow:

Wed., Jul. 17

OCEANSIDE STAKES

Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $50,000 in 2013

One Mile (Turf)

$100,000

Added

Fri., Jul. 19

CTBA STAKES

Fillies, two years old, bred in CA

5 1/2 Furlongs

$100,000

Guaranteed

Sat., Jul. 20

Osunitas Stakes

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward, N/W S/S of $50,000 at 1 M o/o in 2013

1 1/16 Miles (Turf)

$90,000

Added

Sat., Jul. 20

EDDIE READ STAKES (Gr. I)

Three-year-olds and upward

1 1/8 Miles (Turf)

$300,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Jul. 21

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' HANDICAP

Three-year-olds and upward, bred in CA

1 1/16 Miles (Turf)

$150,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Jul. 21

SAN CLEMENTE HANDICAP (Gr. II)

Fillies, three years old

One Mile (Turf)

$150,000

Guaranteed

Wed., Jul. 24

Wickerr Stakes

Three-year-olds and upward, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since May 1

One Mile (Turf)

$90,000

Added

Fri., Jul. 26

COUGAR II HANDICAP (Gr. III)

Three-year-olds and upward

1 1/2 Miles

$100,000

Guaranteed

Sat., Jul. 27

FLEET TREAT STAKES

Fillies, three years old, bred in CA

Seven Furlongs

$200,000

Guaranteed

Sat., Jul. 27

SAN DIEGO HANDICAP (Gr. II)

Three-year-olds and upward

1 1/16 Miles

$200,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Jul. 28

BING CROSBY STAKES (Gr. I)

Three-year-olds and upward

Six Furlongs

$300,000

Guaranteed

Wed., Jul. 31

GRADUATION STAKES

Two-year-olds, bred in CA

5 1/2 Furlongs

$100,000

Guaranteed

Fri., Aug. 2

REAL GOOD DEAL STAKES

Three-year-olds, bred in CA

Seven Furlongs

$200,000

Guaranteed

Sat., Aug. 3

CLEMENT L. HIRSCH STAKES (Gr. I)

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward

1 1/16 Miles

$300,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Aug. 4

BEST PAL STAKES (Gr. II)

Two-year-olds

6 1/2 Furlongs

$150,000

Guaranteed

Wed., Aug. 7

SORRENTO STAKES (Gr. II)

Fillies, two years old

6 1/2 Furlongs

$150,000

Guaranteed

Fri., Aug. 9

Daisycutter Handicap

Fillies and Mares, three years old and upward

Five Furlongs (Turf)

$90,000

Added

Sat., Aug. 10

LA JOLLA HANDICAP (Gr. II)

Three-year-olds

1 1/16 Miles (Turf)

$150,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Aug. 11

JOHN C. MABEE STAKES (Gr. II)

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward

1 1/8 Miles (Turf)

$250,000

Guaranteed

Wed., Aug. 14

Green Flash Handicap

Three-year-olds and upward

Five Furlongs (Turf)

$90,000

Added

Fri., Aug. 16

Sandy Blue Handicap

Fillies, three years old

One Mile (Turf)

$90,000

Added

Sat., Aug. 17

DEL MAR OAKS (Gr. I)

Fillies, three years old

1 1/8 Miles (Turf)

$300,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Aug. 18

RANCHO BERNARDO HANDICAP 
(Gr. III)

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward

6 1/2 Furlongs

$150,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Aug. 18

SOLANA BEACH HANDICAP

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward, bred in CA

One Mile (Turf)

$150,000

Guaranteed

Fri., Aug. 23

CTT and Thoroughbred Owners of California Handicap

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward

1 3/8 Miles  (Turf)

$90,000

Added

Sat., Aug. 24

DEL MAR HANDICAP (Gr. II)

Three-year-olds and upward

1 3/8 Miles (Turf)

$200,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Aug. 25

PAT O'BRIEN  STAKES (Gr. II)

Three-year-olds and upward

Seven Furlongs

$250,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Aug. 25

DEL MAR  MILE (Gr. II)

Three-year-olds and upward

One Mile (Turf)

$200,000

 Guaranteed

Sun., Aug. 25

TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC (Gr. I)

Three-year-olds and upward

1 1/4 Miles

$1,000,000

Guaranteed

Wed., Aug. 28

GENEROUS PORTION STAKES

Fillies, two years old, bred in CA

Six Furlongs

$150,000

Guaranteed

Fri., Aug. 30

EL CAJON STAKES

Three-year-olds

One Mile

$100,000

Guaranteed

Sat., Aug. 31

Harry F. Brubaker Stakes

Three-year-olds and upward

One Mile

$90,000

Added

Sat., Aug. 31

DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (Gr. I)

Fillies, two years old

Seven Furlongs

$300,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Sep.  1

Adoration Stakes

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since February 1

One Mile

$90,000

Added

Sun., Sep.  1

TORREY PINES STAKES

Fillies, three years old

One Mile

$100,000

Guaranteed

Sun., Sep.  1

DEL MAR DERBY (Gr. II)

Three-year-olds

1 1/8 Miles (Turf)

$300,000

Guaranteed

Mon., Sep.  2

I'M SMOKIN STAKES

Two-year-olds, bred in CA

Six Furlongs

$150,000

Guaranteed

Mon., Sep.  2

OAK TREE JUVENILE FILLES TURF

Fillies, two years old

One Mile (Turf)

$100,000

Guaranteed

Mon., Sep.  2

YELLOW RIBBON HANDICAP (Gr. II)

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward

1 1/16 Miles (Turf)

$150,000

Guaranteed

Wed., Sep.  4

C.E.R.F. Stakes

Fillies and mares, three years old and upward, N/W S/S $50,000 since March 1

Six Furlongs

$90,000

Added

Wed., Sep.  4

Pirate's Bounty Stakes

Three-year-olds and upward, N/W S/S $50,000 since March 1

Six Furlongs

$90,000

Added

Wed., Sep.  4

OAK TREE JUVENILE TURF

Two-year-olds

One Mile (Turf)

$100,000

Guaranteed

Wed., Sep.  4

DEL MAR FUTURITY (Gr. I)

Two-year-olds

Seven Furlongs

$300,000

Guaranteed

2013 DEL MAR OVERNIGHT PURSES 

Race Type

Purse

Race Type

Purse

MSW

$75,000

STR/40/YR

$62,000

MD $100K

$52,000

$40,000

$53,000

MD $80K

$47,000

$32,000

$48,000

MD $62.5K

$42,000

$32/NW/YR

$43,000

MD $50K

$38,000

$25,000

$43,000

MD $40K

$33,000

$25/NW2

$31,000

MD $30K

$28,000

$20,000

$38,000

MD $20K

$25,000

STR/16/YR

$40,000

$ALW

$85,000

$16,000

$33,000

3X

$85,000

$16/NW2

$24,000

2X

$80,000

$12,500

$28,000

1X

$77,000

$10,000

$24,000

$62,500

$68,000

$ 8,000

$20,000

$50,000

$62,000

B/M $40

$43,000