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.

Solo Ticket Pays $432,286 Wednesday at Del Mar

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Pacific Song There’s a horseplayer somewhere in America who is thinking things are about 1,000% better this evening. That very good/very lucky investor played a $432 ticket Wednesday afternoon on the Pick Six at Del...

Pick Six Worth $561,865 Friday at Del Mar

Friday, August 3rd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Majestic Authority proved a prompt favorite in the nitecap at Del Mar Friday. The 3-year-old filly also was the only favorite in the six-race sequence known as the Pick Six on the seaside card allowing...

A Ward of San Diego and an Aide to Hall of Fame Trainers

Friday, August 3rd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Dan Ward, Jr. © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch Every Del Mar summer season is a homecoming for Dan Ward, Jr., the top assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Ward’s parents, Dan, Sr.,...

Dennis Montoro Goes All-in to Capture $250,000 Del Mar Challenge

Sunday, July 29th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Contest Organizer Chris Bahr and Challenge Winner Dennis Montoro © Benoit Photo Dennis Montoro, 32, from New York, went all-in in the last race with a $7,000 win bet on #2, 5-1 Raven Creek, to...

Justify's Fond Farewell at Del Mar

Saturday, July 28th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Justify in the Del Mar Paddock © Benoit Photo JOCKEY MIKE SMITH – “You know, it’s just a little bit sad. Now it’s real. He’s really going. Understand, I’m happy for him. He’s going to...

In Wake of Roman, A Double Wave of Impact Apprentices

Friday, July 27th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Heriberto Figueroa and Asa Espinoza © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch A year ago, 19-year-old Evin Roman was the talk of the Southern California Thoroughbred racing circuit. The native of Puerto Rico and graduate of...

Del Mar Breaks Running With Strong Ups in Handle, Attendance

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Opening Day © Benoit Photo Del Mar’s 79th summer racing season broke from the gate running with high quality competitive racing that provided gains in handle, field size and attendance. The seaside oval’s numbers after...

Catapult Upset Winner of Eddie Read Stakes

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Catapult © Benoit Photo Woodford Racing’s Kentucky-bred Catapult, given a patient ride by Drayden Van Dyke, rallied powerfully in the stretch to overhaul 3-1 favored Sharp Samurai nearing the wire and win the featured Grade...

Espinoza Suffers Fractured Vertebra in Training Spill

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018   (1 month ago)
Victor Espinoza © Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza incurred a fracture of the C-3 vertebra in his neck when thrown from his mount Bobby Abu Dhabi, who suffered an apparent...

Martine Bellocq, Heroine of San Luis Rey Fire, Wins Pincay Award; To Be Honored on TVG Pacific Classic Day with Other Fire Heroes

Saturday, July 21st, 2018   (1 month ago)
Martine Bellocq Martine Bellocq, the courageous trainer who went into the fires of hell in an attempt to save her horses last December at San Luis Rey Downs training center, has been selected to be...

Single Ticket Pick Six Returns $240,346 at Del Mar Friday

Friday, July 20th, 2018   (1 month ago)
Baby Frankie © Benoit Photo Jockey Kent Desormeaux teamed up with his brother/trainer Keith Desormeaux to capture the 8th and final race at Del Mar Friday aboard favored Baby Frankie and shower a $240,346 payoff...

Auerbach, CARMA Opening New Doors for Retired Racehorses

Friday, July 20th, 2018   (2 months ago)
Madeline Auerbach and her stallion Unusual Heat in 2017 By Tere Albanese CARMA stands for California Retirement Management Account. But we’re not talking about a retirement account for people. This retirement account is a fund...

Seven Interns Using Del Mar as Their Racing Starter Kit

Thursday, July 19th, 2018   (2 months ago)
That’s DMTC CEO Joe Harper in the middle with Del Mar’s 2018 intern crew (from left): Riley Golden, Cory Moore, Tricia Warren, Patricia Scholle, Jack Cesari, Carter Ballard and Julianna McDowell (not pictured). By Hank...

"Artist of the Week" Program On Tap Again at Del Mar

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018   (2 months ago)
Heather Roddy’s “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” A popular program that brings a series of local artists and their works into ready contact with racing fans at Del Mar is back on the calendar...

Late Pick Five Payouts Carry Rich "Bonus" at Del Mar

Sunday, July 15th, 2018   (2 months ago)
One of Del Mar’s new bets this summer – the .50¢ late Pick Five on the day’s final five races – has had a healthy bonus factor tied to it that might provide a racing...

"Free & Easy" Even Better as "Brigantine Wednesdays" at Del Mar

Friday, July 13th, 2018   (2 months ago)
“Free & Easy Wednesdays,” which over the last decade has become Del Mar’s all-time favorite value attraction, picked up a popular partner and a brand new name when the track and the Brigantine Restaurants agreed...

Upgraded Del Mar App Faster, Easier, More Extensive for Users

Thursday, July 12th, 2018   (2 months ago)
Del Mar’s Mobile App, a trend-setter in the industry when it was first introduced in 2011, has undergone its latest set of upgrades and enhancements and will offer even more advantages to its users with...

Three New Wagers Added to Del Mar's 2018 Betting Menu

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018   (2 months ago)
Del Mar’s betting menu, which last year offered 14 different wagers for seaside investors, will grow by three new bets this summer when the 36-day session gets off and running on Wednesday, July 18. The...

Del Mar's Stable Area Kitchen "Refreshed" for 2018 Season

Thursday, June 21st, 2018   (2 months ago)
Debby Baltas & her kitchen crew © Benoit Photo Del Mar’s friendly backstretch kitchen, long a staple for backstretch workers as well as visitors to the stable area, will have a “refreshed” look this season...

Actress/Horsewoman/Advocate Bo Derek Joins Board of DMTC

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018   (3 months ago)
“We are absolutely delighted to have a woman of Bo’s background and stature join us at Del Mar,” said DMTC’s CEO Joe Harper. “She brings a lifetime of knowledge and a world of care and concern for the horse with her and that puts her right in line with our priorities here. She’ll be a wonderful addition to our leadership ranks.”