Del Mar News & Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...