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.

Justify's Fond Farewell at Del Mar

Saturday, July 28th, 2018   (7 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   (7 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   (8 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   (8 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   (8 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   (8 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   (8 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   (8 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   (8 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   (8 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...