Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017   ( 8 months ago )

41 Stakes Worth $7.3 Million on Del Mar's 2017 Summer Schedule

 
 
The summer of 2017 will see Del Mar offer 41 stakes races worth $7.3 million for its horsemen during a 36-day season that will be the 78th for the iconic track founded in 1937 by Bing Crosby and a crew of his Hollywood pals. Racing alongside the blue Pacific will begin on Wednesday, July 19 and move forward to Labor Day, September 4 with its richest and most prestigious afternoon coming on Saturday, August 19 when the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic will be presented for the 27th time as the highlight of a stakes-filled card.
 
The robust Del Mar stakes program is expected to take on extra significance this year with the 34th edition of the Breeders’ Cup 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 likely “preps” for their runners who are being pointed for any of the 13 championship events that will be held on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4. 
 
Overall, the track will offer 33 “advertised” stakes carrying purses from $100,000 to $1,000,000, as well as eight “overnight” stakes, each worth $75,000. The advertised stakes include 21 graded events – six of them Grade Is (including the TVG Pacific Classic), 11 at Grade II and four at Grade III.
 
The Classic, run at a mile and a quarter for 3-year-olds and up, was listed as the second-best race in the world last year in the Longines’ awards presented by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities after Horse of the Year California Chrome beat a stellar lineup in handy fashion. This year it will headline a stakes tripleheader afternoon that also will offer the Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks and the Grade II, $250,000 Del Mar Handicap. The Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies, is run at nine furlongs, while the Handicap, an 11-furlong marathon, is for 3-year-olds and up. Both of those races will be contested over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
 
Pacific Classic - California Chrome - Benoit Photo
 
Nineteen of the stakes will be run on the grass with the other 22 on the main track. The turf course was expanded and totally replaced prior to the 2014 season, while the main track was returned to dirt (after an eight-year run with the synthetic Polytrack) in 2015. 
 
“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 the track’s racing secretary, David Jerkens. “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 track’s executive vice president for racing, Tom Robbins, found additional reasons to hail the rich stakes schedule.   
 
“We’ve got the only $1-million race in the west for older horses in the TVG Pacific Classic,” he said. “We’ve got a race that’s showcased the Kentucky Derby winner in three of the last four years in the Del Mar Futurity. And we’ve got a series of races in all our categories that flow beautifully during our meet and then project forward to the Breeders’ Cup championship events, which, of course, we have right here this year.”
 
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. One of the “Win and You’re In” races is the TVG Pacific Classic, which guarantees admission to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Besides the $600,000 winner’s share of the purse, the victorious TVG Pacific Classic horse also has his or her pre-entry and entry fees to the BC Classic covered – a savings of $150,000 – as well as a travel bonus – either $10,000 (national) or $40,000 (international) – granted to a Breeders’ Cup horse (coming from outside California) for the capstone event of the Breeders’ Cup programs.
 
Besides the TVG Pacific Classic, Del Mar’s other stakes with direct Breeders’ Cup ties are the $300,000, Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes on Saturday, July 29 (guaranteeing admission to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint); $300,000, Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Sunday, July 30 (BC Distaff); the Del Mar Handicap (BC Turf), and the Grade II, $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on Saturday, August 26 (BC Dirt Mile).
 
Del Mar will present its two championship races for 2-year-old on its Labor Day weekend. The pair of Grade I headliners – the Del Mar Debutante for fillies on Saturday, September 2 and the Del Mar Futurity on closing day, Monday, September 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 Monday 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 25 and September 1).
 
The complete list of stakes follows: 
     
DATERACE / CONDITIONSPURSE / DISTANCE
Wed. Jul 19 OCEANSIDE STAKES
Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $50,000 at 1 M o/o in 2017
$100,000 Added
1 Mile (Turf)
Fri. Jul 21 Osunitas Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o in 2017
$75,000 Added
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Jul 22 SAN DIEGO HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sat. Jul 22 EDDIE READ STAKES (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Jul 23 SAN CLEMENTE HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Sun. Jul 23 Wickerr Stakes*
Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since March 1
$75,000 Added
1 Mile (Turf)
Wed. Jul 26 COUGAR II HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 1/2 Miles
Fri. Jul 28 REAL GOOD DEAL STAKES
Three-year-olds*, Cal-Bred
$150,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Jul 29 BING CROSBY STAKES (Gr. I)
Three-year-olds & up
$300,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Jul 29 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' STAKES
Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Jul 30 CLEMENT L. HIRSCH STAKES (Gr. I)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$300,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sun. Jul 30 FLEET TREAT STAKES
Fillies, Three-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$150,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Wed. Aug 02 CTBA STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Fri. Aug 04 Daisycutter Handicap*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$75,000 Added
5 Furlongs (Turf)
Sat. Aug 05 YELLOW RIBBON HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Aug 05 SORRENTO STAKES (Gr. II)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
6 1/2 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 06 LA JOLLA HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Aug 06 GRADUATION STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Fri. Aug 11 SOLANA BEACH STAKES
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Aug 12 BEST PAL STAKES (Gr. II)
Two-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
6 1/2 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 13 RANCHO BERNARDO HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 1/2 Furlongs
Wed. Aug 16 CTT and TOC Handicap*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$75,000 Added
1 3/8 Miles (Turf)
Fri. Aug 18 Green Flash Handicap*
Three-year-olds & up
$75,000 Added
5 Furlongs (Turf)
Sat. Aug 19 TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC (Gr. I)
Three-year-olds & up
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
1 1/4 Miles
Sat. Aug 19 DEL MAR HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 3/8 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Aug 19 DEL MAR OAKS (Gr. I)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$300,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Aug 20 DEL MAR MILE (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Wed. Aug 23 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes*
Three-year-olds & up
$75,000 Added
1 Mile
Fri. Aug 25 Tranquility Lake Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since February 1
$75,000 Added
1 Mile
Sat. Aug 26 PAT O'BRIEN STAKES (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 26 SHARED BELIEF STAKES
Three-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile
Sun. Aug 27 TORREY PINES STAKES (Gr. III)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile
Wed. Aug 30 GENEROUS PORTION STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Fri. Sep 01 I'M SMOKIN STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Sep 02 DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (Gr. I)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$300,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Sep 02 JOHN C. MABEE STAKES (Gr. II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Sep 03 DEL MAR DERBY (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Sep 03 DEL MAR JUVENILE TURF
Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Mon. Sep 04 DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Mon. Sep 04 C.E.R.F. Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 since March 1
$75,000 Added
6 Furlongs
Mon. Sep 04 DEL MAR FUTURITY (Gr. I)
Two-year-olds
$300,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs

 

*Corrected, previously stated Three-year-olds & up