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.

Trainer Martine Bellocq Remains Hospitalized Following Injuries Suffered at San Luis Rey

Sunday, December 10th, 2017   (13 hours ago)
Trainer Martine Bellocq continues to be treated at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego for burns she received trying to rescue her horses during the San Luis Rey Downs training center fire in Bonsal Thursday....

Santa Anita & Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Join Forces Following Fire to Provide Off-Site Stabling During San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Reconstruction

Friday, December 8th, 2017   (2 days ago)
With Eight Barns at San Luis Rey Destroyed by Lilac Fire on Thursday, Training & Stabling Facilities Immediately Required for Nearly 500 Thoroughbreds Following an emergency meeting of the California horse racing industry’s Stabling and...

More Than 800 Fire-Threatened Horses Evacuated to Del Mar

Friday, December 8th, 2017   (2 days ago)
Del Mar’s backstretch area is currently providing safe haven for more than 850 horses that escaped a wind-blown, fast-moving fire that ripped through the North County area of San Diego Thursday. The first group of...

Del Mar Springboards Off Breeders' Cup to its Best Fall Season

Sunday, November 26th, 2017   (2 weeks ago)
The highly successful first Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar – which has drawn rave reviews from coast to coast – got the track’s fall meeting off to a rousing start and that momentum carried through...

Miller, Prat Reign as Bing Crosby Meeting Champions

Sunday, November 26th, 2017   (2 weeks ago)
Flavien Prat Peter Miller won the training title for the third time in the four Bing Crosby Fall meetings at Del Mar and Flavien Prat secured the jockey championship as the season came to an...

Hills Add Del Mar to Their 'Places to Race' List

Friday, November 24th, 2017   (2 weeks ago)
Jim & Susan Hill © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch The presence of owners Jim and Susan Hill at Del Mar, a place Jim Hill concedes – “We’d never been to, never seen until this...

Single Ticket Pick Six Pays $254,441 Thanks to a Disqualification

Sunday, November 19th, 2017   (3 weeks ago)
A lone ticket holder was – in racetrack parlance – “kissed in” to a Pick Six score of $254,441 Sunday afternoon at Del Mar when Lord Admiral, who had finished second in the 9th and...

Three Special Guys Have Built - And Left - Their Marks on Del Mar

Friday, November 17th, 2017   (3 weeks ago)
(Left to right): Gerald (Corky) Riner, Robert Sanchez, David Martinez © Benoit Photo By Mac McBride Forty-six years ago Del Mar started a Pick 3 that paid dividends over and over again. This year the...

Denman Elected to Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017   (3 weeks ago)
Trevor Denman © Benoit Photo Iconic horse racing announcer Trevor Denman will become one of two new members of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame when he is inducted at the 27th annual...

Christian Hellmers Wins More Than $100,000 in Del Mar Fall Challenge

Sunday, November 12th, 2017   (4 weeks ago)
From Left to Right: Challenge Director Chris Bahr, Christian Hellmers, Tom Quigley, Joe Masino, Mark Strieff Christian Hellmers Wins More Than $100,000 in Del Mar Fall Challenge Christian Hellmers of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, built...

Christian Hellmers running one-two after day one in the Del Mar Challenge

Saturday, November 11th, 2017   (4 weeks ago)
Christian Hellmers of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, is first and second place with both entries after day one of the Del Mar Handicapping Challenge. Players started the day with a $3,000 live money bankroll in...

Greyvitos Upsets in Bob Hope Stakes

Saturday, November 11th, 2017   (4 weeks ago)
Greyvitos © Benoit Photo Longshot Greyvitos, winless in two starts in his brief career, broke his maiden in style Saturday with a wire-to-wire surprise under Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza in the featured $100,000...

Breeders' Cup at Del Mar 2017: A View From Over the Pond

Friday, November 10th, 2017   (1 month ago)
Mendelssohn © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch They came. They saw. They conquered, somewhat. The Europeans left, from virtually all accounts, pleased that they made the approximately 5,500-mile journey over the Atlantic Ocean, and the...

Spectacular Setting, Strong Business Results At Del Mar’s First Breeders’ Cup

Saturday, November 4th, 2017   (1 month ago)
Breeders’ Cup World Championships © Eclipse Sportswire DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) – Gun Runner’s thrilling victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic capped a picture-perfect day at the Del Mar racetrack, the...

Javier Castellano Wins 15th Bill Shoemaker Award

Saturday, November 4th, 2017   (1 month ago)
Javier Castellano, winner of the 2017 Bill Shoemaker Award © Eclipse Sportswire DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) – Javier Castellano, who won the first race of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup with Rushing Fall in...

Gun Runner Dominates in $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic; Defending Champion Arrogate Dead-Heats For Fifth

Saturday, November 4th, 2017   (1 month ago)
Gun Runner, winner of the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic © Eclipse Sportswire DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) – Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner ($6.80) went to the front shortly after...

Ulysses Scratched From Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf

Friday, November 3rd, 2017   (1 month ago)
Ulysses © Eclipse Sportswire DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2017) – Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.’s Ulysses, the 7-2 morning line favorite, has been scratched from the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf per recommendation from the...

Breeders’ Cup Friday Handle Up

Friday, November 3rd, 2017   (1 month ago)
© Del Mar Thoroughbred Club DEL MAR, Calif. – (November 3, 2017) – All-sources handle for the Friday Breeders’ Cup program was $52,273,883, a 5.3% increase from 2016, on the first day of the 34th...

Velazquez, Prat Share First-Day Lead in Race for Bill Shoemaker Award

Friday, November 3rd, 2017   (1 month ago)
Flavien Prat © Del Mar Thoroughbred Club DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2017) – John Velazquez, winner of the Longines Distaff on Forever Unbridled, and Flavien Prat, winner of the Las Vegas Dirt Mile on...

15th Bill Shoemaker Award to Go to Top Jockey at Breeders’ Cup

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017   (1 month ago)
Last year's winner of the Bill Shoemaker Award, Mike Smith DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2017) – The 15th Bill Shoemaker Award will be given this weekend to the outstanding jockey in the two-day Breeders’...