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.

TVG Pacific Classic: A Singular Event That's Never Gone Solo

The Del Mar Paddock on Pacific Classic Day 2019 © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch If the bars in Del Mar were fully open and heavily patronized as usual this TVG Pacific Classic Week (oh,...

$150,000 in Prizes for Pacific Classic Betting Challenge August 22

Del Mar will offer the "Pacific Classic Betting Challenge" on Saturday, August 22, which is TVG Pacific Classic Day at the seaside oval when five graded stakes will be presented on a stellar 11-race card....

Honor A.P. in Sharp Ky Derby Drill at Del Mar Saturday

Honor A.P. © Benoit Photo C R K Stable’s Honor A.P. worked an impressive five furlongs at 12:45 p.m. today at Del Mar covering the distance in :59.40 under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith....

Best Pals Hernandez, Gonzalez Seek Double Impact on Del Mar

Juan Hernandez (left) and Ricardo Gonzalez © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch In Phase I there was one. A summer ago, Abel Cedillo, a successor to Russell Baze as dominating rider in Northern California, left...

Dan Smith: A Del Mar Man, A Racing Man, A Special Man

Dan Smith By Mac McBride Dan Smith has left the building. Quietly. In a way, that’s not surprising. He spent a career – at the racetrack and at Del Mar – doing what a good...

Del Mar Adds Race Date on Monday, August 31

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced it will run a make-up day of racing on Monday, August 31. It expects to present a 10-race card starting at 2 p.m. The added date means Del Mar...

Honor A.P. in the Spotlight for a Unique Shared Belief Stakes

John Shirreffs and Honor A.P. © Zoe Metz Photography By Hank Wesch Del Mar will be the venue for a Kentucky Derby prep race Saturday, the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes. Weird, right? “Nothing feels weird...

Del Mar Ups Purses 10% Following Strong Opening Session

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club today announced a 10% purse increase after a solid opening span of racing days during the month of July. The increase will be retroactive back to the track’s first day, July...

Mandella Unleashes United in Read, Then Throws a Joker in the Del Mar Deck

United © Benoit Photo Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella fired one of his big guns Sunday at Del Mar and the boom shook the grounds and might reverberate forward to the shore track’s biggest...

Maximum Security Just Up in San Diego; Laura's Light Takes San Clemente

Maximum Security © Benoit Photo Champion Maximum Security make his comeback Saturday at Del Mar a winner – but only just. The Gary and Mary West homebred colt worked hard through the stretch to get...