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.

Lava Man - Star Claim, Star Runner, Star Pony & Coach

Friday, August 10th, 2018   (9 months ago)
Lava Man and Corey Nakatani win the 2006 Pacific Classic © Benoit Photo By Julianna McDowell Among the thousands in attendance in the first weeks of Del Mar’s 79th summer season was an old, familiar...

Solo Ticket Pays $432,286 Wednesday at Del Mar

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018   (9 months 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   (9 months 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   (9 months 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   (9 months 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   (9 months 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   (9 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   (9 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   (9 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   (9 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...