Del Mar News & Announcements

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Record Wagering, Safe Racing Highlight Del Mar 2021 Seasons

Del Mar brought to a close its 2021 racing calendar on Sunday with the conclusion of its eighth Bing Crosby Season adding additional luster to its robust summer stand. Between them, the pair totaled an...

Regal Glory Outfoots Them in Matriarch as Del Mar Closes

Regal Glory © Benoit Photo Peter Brandt’s Regal Glory sped clear early, then was never threatened in a classy performance in Sunday’s Grade I, $400,500 Matriarch Stakes as Del Mar closed the lid on its...

Beyond Brilliant Goes All Way In Del Mar's Hollywood Derby

Beyond Brilliant © Benoit Photo Given a masterful ride by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux over nine furlongs on the Del Mar grass course, C R K Stable’s Beyond Brilliant was a picture perfect winner...

After 52 Years, A Farewell - But Not Good Bye - To Old Del Mar

By Hank Wesch Hank Wesch © Benoit Photo My first look at Del Mar came in June of 1969 on a clever misdirection ploy by Steve Scholfield. Best friends through high school and college we...

Jockey Kyle Frey Scores 1,000th Victory at Del Mar Friday

Kyle Frey aboard Tizlightning © Benoit Photo Jockey Kyle Frey registered a head victory Friday in the 3rd Race at Del Mar aboard the 2-year-old gelding Tizlightning and in the process won the 1,000th race...

The A-B-C's - as in Ce Ce - of an Eventful Year for Victor Espinoza

Victor Espinoza aboard Ce Ce © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch Not long after 2021 got started, Victor Espinoza chose to take a hiatus from his Hall of Fame riding career to be with his...

Benoit Photo: Straight Shooters at Del Mar for 25 Years

Tom and T.J. Abahaze and Rayetta Burr © Hank Wesch By Hank Wesch The estimate, possibly conservative, is that the family group – Rayetta Burr, Tom and T.J. Abahaze – have chronicled 10,000 races at...

Record Handle for 38th Breeders' Cup World Championships

Total all-sources common-pool handle for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was $182,908,409, a new record for the two-day event. The total represents a 4.7% increase over the prior record...

Irad Ortiz Jr. Wins Fourth Consecutive Bill Shoemaker Award

Irad Ortiz Jr. © Eclipse Sportswire / Breeders’ Cup Irad Ortiz Jr. won his fourth consecutive Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar. The...

Knicks Go Proves Uncatchable in $6 Million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic

Knicks Go © Benoit Photo Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go ($8.40) played catch me if you can in the 38th running of the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) for 3-year-olds and up, and...