Del Mar News & Announcements

These announcements and Press Releases are updated frequently. For Stable Notes and other race-related news, you can read our Stable News.

Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Features 82 Automatic Qualifying Races for 2022 World Championships

US Race Divisions Restructured into Regional Qualifying Competition of East, Midwest, and West to Promote Rivalries on the Road to the World Championships

Del Mar's 2022 Stakes Schedule Most Lucrative in Track History

As part of its upwards flow of positives for the summer 2022 race meet, Del Mar has unveiled an enhanced stakes schedule that features 34 major races with more than half of them boosted above...

Del Mar Record Purses for 2022 Meet will be Highest in History of California Racing

All Conditions See Increases - Stakes, ‘Ship & Win,’ Maiden Bonuses Are Enhanced Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is projecting its most lucrative racing season ever in 2022 with purse levels for its 31-day meet above...

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...