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.

Actress/Horsewoman/Advocate Bo Derek Joins Board of DMTC

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018   (4 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.”

Horses Filtering Back to San Luis Rey Downs from Del Mar

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018   (6 months ago)
Del Mar stable area. The first of the Lilac fire horses who had to be evacuated from San Luis Rey Downs and take up residence at Del Mar in December began to filter back to...

"Ship and Win" - Offering More Money in 2018 - Returns to Del Mar

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018   (6 months ago)
Chicago Style, on the move in the Hollywood Turf Cup last fall, was one of the highly successful “Ship and Win” horses in 2017 at Del Mar. © Benoit Del Mar’s highly effective “Ship and...

Del Mar Again Offers 41 Stakes at $7.3 Million for Summer 2018

Thursday, March 29th, 2018   (6 months ago)
Mirroring its successful 2017 summer stakes pattern, Del Mar will present 41 stakes races worth $7,300,000 over the course of the 36-day session scheduled for 2018. Racing alongside the blue Pacific this year will begin...

2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships brings $96.8 Million to San Diego Economy

Thursday, March 1st, 2018   (7 months ago)
Breeders’ Cup provides powerful economic stimulus to local San Diego community through extensive employment opportunities and increased visitor and local spending.

Josh Rubinstein Named President of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018   (9 months ago)
Josh Rubinstein © Benoit Photo The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) announced today that Josh Rubinstein has been named its President. Rubinstein, 48, has worked at Del Mar in an executive capacity since 1997 and...

An Evening of Music to Support the Victims of the Fire at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017   (9 months ago)
Featuring Burt Bacharach with a special guest performance by Elvis Costello Burt Bacharach, a horse owner and racing fan for 50 years, has announced that he will host a fundraiser for the victims of the...

Over $600,000 Now Raised to Help Victims of Last Week's San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Fire by The Stronach Group/Santa Anita & Del Mar GoFundMe Effort

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017   (10 months ago)
$250,000 Has Been Approved for Immediate Dispersal to Assist with Urgent Expenses More than $600,000 currently has been raised via donations to the TSG/Santa Anita & Del Mar GoFundMe account through a world-wide outpouring to...

Post-Fire Situation Settles at Del Mar as Training Is Held

Monday, December 11th, 2017   (10 months ago)
Thoroughbreds jogged on the main racetrack at Del Mar Monday morning as life after the horrific training track fire in nearby Bonsal began to settle for horses and horsemen involved with the events at San...

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

Sunday, December 10th, 2017   (10 months 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   (10 months 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   (10 months 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   (10 months 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   (10 months 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   (10 months 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   (10 months 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   (11 months 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   (11 months 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   (11 months 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   (11 months 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...