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.

Del Mar Sets Single-Day Wagering Mark of $36,024,030 Saturday

Del Mar established a new single-day betting mark Saturday when $36,024,030 was wagered on its 11-race TVG Pacific Classic Day card smashing the old mark of $25,870,431 set on TVG Pacific Classic Day in 2018....

Astronaut Launches an Upset in Del Mar Handicap Saturday

Astronaut © Benoit Photo John M.B. O’Connor’s Astronaut returned $50.00 for a $2 wager at Del Mar Saturday when he captured the Grade II, $302,500 Del Mar Handicap Presented by The Japan Racing Association by...

Stauffer Crushes Final Race Exacta to Win $180,000 Pacific Classic Betting Challenge

Vic Stauffer, from Hot Springs, AR, hit a $100 race 11 exacta that paid more than $45,000 to blast into the lead. Stauffer bested 115 total entries with a final bankroll of $55,820. Todd Cady...

Tripoli Pulls Off Surprise Saturday in $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic

Tripoli © Benoit Photo Hronis Racing’s Tripoli saved all the ground under Tiago Pereira, shifted off the rail and around front running Tizamagician turning into the straight and registered a surprise length and a quarter...

Hall of Famers Mandella, Smith a Powerful Combo for Royal Ship

Royal Ship schooling Thursday at Del Mar © Zoe Metz Photo By Hank Wesch Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith have a combined 27 “participations” in the $1...

Grade I Oaks, Grade II Del Mar 'Cap Top Sparkling 'Undercard' on Classic Day

United © Benoit Photo Four Graded stakes, each eligible to be a card topper on a given day, instead will provide a first-rate “undercard” for Saturday’s TVG Pacific Classic Day at Del Mar. Topping the...

$1 Million TVG Pacific Classic Saturday Draws Contentious Field of Nine

Express Train winning 2021 San Diego Handicap © Benoit Photo The Grade I, $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic will be presented for the 31st time Saturday as the featured attraction on an 11-race program that offers...

Dr. Gregory Ferraro Named Laffit Pincay Award Recipient

Dr. Gregory Ferraro © Photo Courtesy CHRB Dr. Gregory Ferraro, the current chairman of the California Horse Racing Board and a veterinarian for over half a century who has made an enduring impact on California...

Express Train Slight Favorite as Nine Draw Into $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic

Express Train © Benoit Photo C R K Stable’s Express Train, winner of the San Diego Handicap here July 17, drew Post 5 here Tuesday afternoon and was installed the 3-1 morning line favorite to...

Fifty Years After No. 1, Denman Still Calling 'Em As He Sees 'Em

Trevor Denman © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch The date: August 14, 1971. The place: Clairwood Racetrack in Durban, South Africa. Track manager Gerald Lea was on hand as an 18-year-old, who had been pestering...