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.

Overall Handle Up; Field Size, New Track Pluses as 2015 Meet Ends

Monday, September 7th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Del Mar raced to a close of its 76th summer season on Labor Day, completing a 40-day stand that saw total handle figures rise by nearly 10%, field size hold firm despite more racing and...

After 64 Opening Days, Tom Whayne is Ready for a Futurity

Friday, September 4th, 2015   (2 years ago)
By Hank Wesch Tom Whayne celebrated his 91st birthday on Wednesday, September 2, the start of the final week of the summer meeting at, where else, Del Mar. The native of Oakland, educated at Cal,...

Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah to Parade at Del Mar

Monday, August 31st, 2015   (2 years ago)
American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza pulling away in the Del Mar Futurity September 3, 2014. Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will parade for Del Mar racing fans between races Sunday, the next-to-last day of the...

A Nextdoorneighbor Everyone Would Like To Have

Friday, August 28th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Nextdoorneighbor winning for the 11th time August 8, 2015 at Del Mar. By Hank Wesch You’ve probably heard of or know someone who has been referred to as a “salt of the earth” human being....

Trio of New Races Swells Del Mar Fall Stakes to $2,700,000

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Three new stakes races will be presented during Del Mar’s second fall racing season, which begins on October 29 and continues through to November 29. The additional races – each with a value of $200,000...

American Pharoah Drills Smart Seven Furlongs at Del Mar

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015   (2 years ago)
Zayat Stable’s American Pharoah turned in an impressive seven-furlong workout Sunday morning at Del Mar covering the distance in 1:23.20 with regular workmate Martin Garcia in the boot. The smooth-striding 3-year-old colt went trackside at...

Honey Lake, Bejarano Win CTT and TOC Handicap

Friday, August 21st, 2015   (2 years ago)
Honey Lake, an invader from the Midwest piloted by red-hot Rafael Bejarano, wore down 5-2 favored Dido in the stretch to win the featured $85,500 CTT and TOC Handicap for older fillies and mares at...

Hard Aces, Hardly Heralded, Has High Hopes in Pacific Classic

Friday, August 21st, 2015   (2 years ago)
Hard Aces working at Del Mar By Hank Wesch Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Hard Aces was made the 5-1 co-third choice on the morning line for Saturday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic behind...

Hall of Fame Connections Believe in Beholder For Classic

Friday, August 14th, 2015   (2 years ago)
By Hank Wesch Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has some experience aboard female Thoroughbreds in races against males. Most famously, Stevens guided Winning Colors to a wire-to-wire victory in the 1988 Kentucky Derby, holding...

Victor Espinoza to Receive Pincay Award Sunday at Del Mar

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Victor Espinoza, the veteran rider who stirred racing history and glory when he guided the exceptional colt American Pharoah through his Triple Crown triumph this spring, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Laffit...

Overall Handle Numbers Up As Del Mar Approaches Midpoint

Sunday, August 9th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Overall handle – the barometer that racetracks point to when someone wants to take their business temperature – is in a positive zone at Del Mar as the seaside track ranges up on the midway...

Dr. Vince Baker: From 'Pharoah' To All Below - Each One Special

Friday, August 7th, 2015   (2 years ago)
By Alexis Garske Dr. Vince Baker with Triple Crown champion American Pharoah at Del Mar Dr. Vince Baker celebrated his birthday August 1, one day before Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah catapulted his fame even...

Trainer Jerry Dutton Dies at 87

Friday, July 31st, 2015   (2 years ago)
Jerry Dutton a prominent Thoroughbred trainer in California for more than 50 years, died Thursday in his native Idaho, where he and his wife Barbara had resided since his retirement in May 2006. Dutton was...

Del Mar, Then And Now, Is Special To Trainer Mike Stidham

Friday, July 31st, 2015   (2 years ago)
Michael Stidham and James Graham in the paddock at Del Mar on July 30, 2015. By Hank Wesch The first time around in the 1980s, Del Mar was, for Mike Stidham, a campus where he...

American Pharoah Watch Party Set Sunday At Del Mar

Thursday, July 30th, 2015   (2 years ago)
The hottest horse in America – Triple Crown winner American Pharoah – returns to action Sunday at Monmouth Park in New Jersey and racing fans in Southern California are invited to join other “Pharoah” lovers...

$3,154,097 Pick Six At Del Mar Returns $57,658 to 34 Winners

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Thirty four winning tickets each were worth $57,658 Wednesday afternoon following the running of the Pick Six at Del Mar, which rose to a hearty pool of $3,154,097 following a two-day carryover into the midweek...

Streiff wins more than $100,000 in the July 25 & 26 Del Mar Handicapping Challenge

Sunday, July 26th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Mark Streiff of Mission Viejo, CA coasted to the win in the 12th annual Del Mar Handicapping Challenge. Streiff turned his $4,500 live money bankroll into $43,484, largely based on his big score of more...

Streiff Leads After Day One in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicapping Challenge

Saturday, July 25th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Mark Streiff of Mission Viejo, CA and Jeannie King of Valencia, CA, were the top two finishers on day one of the 12th annual Del Mar Handicapping Challenge. Streiff finished the day with $34,039 and...

Del Mar to Conduct "America's Next Race Caller" Contest

Saturday, July 25th, 2015   (2 years ago)
He or she is out there: Champing at the mic, instead of the bit. Ready to shout it out for the world to hear. Just wanting a chance to step into a booth at a...

Big John B Wins Cougar II Handicap

Friday, July 24th, 2015   (2 years ago)
Big John B, winner of 12 of 28 career starts on grass, including the 2014 Del Mar Handicap, showed another dimension to his ability Friday as he scored his first victory on a dirt surface...