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.

In Wake of Roman, A Double Wave of Impact Apprentices

Friday, July 27th, 2018   (5 months 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   (5 months 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   (5 months 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   (5 months 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   (5 months 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   (5 months 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   (5 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   (5 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   (6 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   (6 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   (6 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   (6 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   (6 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   (6 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   (7 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   (9 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   (9 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   (9 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   (10 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   (1 year 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...