2022 Summer Incentive Programs

Turf Racing Action
Ship & Win

Start a horse at Del Mar this summer, who last ran out of state, to take advantage of the Ship & Win program.

  • $5,000 Starter Bonus for FIRST DIRT start.
  • 50% Purse Bonus for EVERY DIRT start.
  • $4,000 Starter Bonus for FIRST TURF start.
  • 40% Purse Bonus for every TURF start.
Out of state horses are eligible to participate in Del Mar's substantial Ship & Win incentives aimed to both increase runners & horse population in California. 
Maiden Dirt Bonus

Del Mar is offering a 25% purse bonus to runners, of any age, in the following maiden races on the dirt: 

  • Maiden Special Weight Dirt Races
  • Maiden Special Weight Cal-Bred Dirt Races
  • Maiden Claiming $62,500 & Above Dirt Races

Purse Bonus will be awarded directly to ownership and applies to earnings for places 1-5. 

Trainers must have fewer than 60 horses on the Southern California circuit to qualify for the program.

Dual Qualifiers

Horses may qualify for both the Ship & Win and the Maiden Dirt Bonus. For Example:

Two-Year-Old Maiden Special $80,000
+ Juvenile Bonus $20,000
+ S&W Dirt Purse Bonus $40,000
+ S&W Starter Bonus $5,000
Dual Qualifier $145,000


Breeders' Cup Challenge Series

Del Mar will host six automatic qualifying races during the international 2022 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. 

As part of the enhanced benefits program for Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and provide a travel allowance* for the winner of all Challenge races starting in the Championships. 

The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championship’s pre-entry deadline of October 25, 2021 to receive the rewards.

Date Race Distance Conditions Del Mar Purse Breeders' Cup Division
7/30/22 Bing Crosby S. (Gr I) 6 F 3YO & Up $400,000 Sprint
8/06/22 Clement L. Hirsch S (Gr I) 1 1/16 M F&M, 3YO & Up $400,000  Distaff
8/27/22 Pat O'Brien H (Gr II) 7 F 3YO & Up $250,000 Dirt Mile
9/03/22 TVG Pacific Classic (Gr I) 1 1/4 M 3YO & Up  $1,000,000 Classic 
9/03/22 Del Mar H (Gr II) 1 3/8 M (T) 3YO & Up  $300,000 Turf 
9/04/22 Green Flash H 5 F (T) 3YO & Up  $150,000 Turf Sprint

*2022 travel allowance paid for ALL Breeders’ Cup starters based outside California. Challenge race winner awards may be applied to other Championship races.

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