Friday, April 5th, 2019   ( 2 months ago )

40 Del Mar Stakes Worth Nearly $7.4 Million On Tap This Summer

Del Mar Gate Turf | Evers Photo

Del Mar, the historic oval that will be presenting its 80th summer of racing alongside the blue Pacific starting on Wednesday, July 17, will offer its horsemen a robust stakes schedule consisting of 40 events worth nearly $7.4 million during its 36-day stand.

The shore racing headquarter’s richest and most prestigious day will come on Saturday, August 17 when the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic will be presented for the 29th time as the highlight of a first-of-its-kind program made up of five stakes races which, when combined with the day’s remaining events, will provide a record $2-million-plus in prize money over the course of the afternoon.

The stakes slate consists of 34 “advertised” stakes carrying purses from $100,000 to $1,000,000, along with six “overnight” stakes worth $85,000 each. Twenty-two of the “advertised” stakes are Graded – six at Grade I, 11 at Grade II and five at Grade III. The purse figure on the “overnight” stakes is a $10,000 boost from last year’s value.

In the only major change to its stakes lineup, Del Mar had one of its previous “overnight” races boosted to Grade III status for this year – the Green Flash Handicap, a five-furlong turf dash that will be contested for the 17th time as part of the big TVG Pacific Classic Day card. It will carry a purse of $100,000.

Nineteen of the stakes will be run on the track’s Jimmy Durante Turf Course, which was expanded and totally replaced prior to the 2014 season. The other 21 will be offered on its main track, which was returned to dirt (after an eight-year run with the synthetic Polytrack) in 2015. Del Mar invested more than $10 million in replacing the two surfaces.

Additionally, the seaside testing grounds again will offer its usual compliment of eight California-bred stakes, part of the state’s Golden State Stakes Series consisting of 39 restricted stakes for registered California-bred or sired horses worth a total of $5 million. Del Mar’s Cal-bred stakes are the $150,000 Fleet Treat, $150,000 California Dreamin’, $150,000 Real Good Deal, $100,000 CTBA, $100,000 Graduation, $150,000 Solana Beach, $100,000 Generous Portion and $100,000 I’m Smokin.

“We’re feeling very good about this year’s stakes program,” said Tom Robbins, Del Mar’s executive vice president for racing and industry relations. “We’ve stacked Pacific Classic Day and we think that has the potential to be one of our biggest days ever. Otherwise – outside of a couple of minor tweaks and the enhancements to the ‘overnight’ stakes – we’re basically repeating a tried and true schedule that our horsemen and racing fans have shown that they both support and enjoy.”

As in previous summers, five of the track’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 the corresponding Breeders’ Cup divisional race, along with a travel bonus if the horse is based outside of California. One of the “Win and You’re In” races is the TVG Pacific Classic, which guarantees admission to the $6 million BC Classic. Besides the $600,000 winner’s share of the purse, the victorious TVG Pacific Classic horse also has his or her pre-entry fees to the BC Classic covered – a sum of $150,000 – as well as the promise of a possible travel bonus of either $10,000 (national) or $40,000 (international), if applicable. The two-day Breeders’ Cup programs will be presented this year at Santa Anita Park on November 1 and 2.

The other four “Win and You’re In” races are the $300,000, Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes on Saturday, July 27 (guaranteeing admission to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint); the $300,000, Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Sunday, July 28 ($2 million BC Distaff); the Grade II, $250,000 Del Mar Handicap on Saturday, August 17 ($4 million BC Turf), and the Grade II, $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes on Saturday, August 24 ($1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile).

Del Mar once again will race on a five-days-a-week schedule (Wednesdays through Sundays) for the entire summer, finishing with a six-day week concluding on the Monday, September 2 Labor Day holiday. Post time throughout the session will be the normal 2 p.m. with the exception of Fridays (“Four O’Clock 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 (August 24 and 31).

The complete list of stakes follows:

     
DATE RACE / CONDITIONS PURSE / DISTANCE
Wed. Jul 17 OCEANSIDE STAKES
Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $50,000 at 1 M o/o in 2019
$100,000 Added
1 Mile (Turf)
Thu. Jul 18 FLEET TREAT STAKES
Fillies, Three-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$150,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Fri. Jul 19 Osunitas Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since Sept. 1
$85,000 Added
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Jul 20 SAN DIEGO HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sat. Jul 20 SAN CLEMENTE STAKES (Gr. II)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Sat. Jul 20 Daisycutter Handicap*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$85,000 Added
5 Furlongs (Turf)
Sun. Jul 21 EDDIE READ STAKES (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Jul 21 Wickerr Stakes*
Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since Sept. 1
$85,000 Added
1 Mile (Turf)
Wed. Jul 24 COUGAR II HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 1/2 Miles
Fri. Jul 26 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' STAKES
Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Jul 27 REAL GOOD DEAL STAKES
Three-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$150,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Jul 27 BING CROSBY STAKES (Gr. I)
Three-year-olds & up
$300,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sun. Jul 28 CLEMENT L. HIRSCH STAKES (Gr. I)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$300,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Wed. Jul 31 CTBA STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Fri. Aug 2 GRADUATION STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 3 YELLOW RIBBON HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Aug 3 SORRENTO STAKES (GR. II)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 4 LA JOLLA HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Fri. Aug 9 SOLANA BEACH STAKES
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Sat. Aug 10 BEST PAL STAKES (Gr. II)
Two-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 11 RANCHO BERNARDO HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 1/2 Furlongs
Fri. Aug 16 CTT & TOC Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$85,000 Added
1 3/8 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Aug 17 TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC (Gr. I)
Three-year-olds & up
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
1 1/4 Miles
Sat. Aug 17 GREEN FLASH HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 Furlongs (Turf)
Sat. Aug 17 DEL MAR HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 3/8 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Aug 17 DEL MAR OAKS (Gr. I)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$300,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Aug 17 TORREY PINES STAKES (Gr. III)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile
Sun. Aug 18 DEL MAR MILE (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Wed. Aug 21 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes*
Three-year-olds & up
$85,000 Added
1 Mile
Fri. Aug 23 Tranquility Lake Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since Feb. 1
$85,000 Added
1 Mile
Sat. Aug 24 PAT O'BRIEN STAKES (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 25 SHARED BELIEF STAKES
Three-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile
Wed. Aug 28 GENEROUS PORTION STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Fri. Aug 30 I'M SMOKIN STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 31 DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (Gr. I)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$300,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 31 JOHN C. MABEE STAKES (Gr. II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Sep 1 DEL MAR DERBY (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Sep 1 DEL MAR JUVENILE TURF
Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Mon. Sep 2 DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Mon. Sep 2 DEL MAR FUTURITY (Gr. I)
Two-year-olds
$300,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs

* Indicates Overnight Stakes