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.

10 Years Later, 'Battle of the Exes' Evokes Mostly Fond Memories

Mike Smith (L) and Chantal Sutherland © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch In the spring of 2011, an idea for a promotion at Del Mar was formed in the fertile brain of track executive vice...

Siedler Clean Sweeps His Way to $150,000 in Del Mar Challenge

Craig Seidler (L) and Chris Bahr © Benoit Photo Craig Siedler, from Henderson, NV, catapulted into the lead in the second race Saturday and never looked back in the two-day 18th annual Del Mar Summer...

2021 TVG Pacific Classic Returns to $1 Million, Del Mar Derby Boosted to $250,000 as Del Mar Builds on Its Successes

Building on its pre-meet enhancements and the sparkling success of its current racing season, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club today announced a pair of major increases to key stakes races on its 2021 schedule. The Grade...

Glatt Goes Big Gunning for Back-To-Back Bings

Mark Glatt © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch Mark Glatt saddled Collusion Illusion and Law Abidin Citizen for the 2020 edition of the Bing Crosby Stakes and was rewarded with a 1-3 finish that provided...

Summertime Blues? Not For Summer Intern Class of 2021

CEO Joe Harper welcomes Del Mar’s 2021 interns (left to right) Joey Bottini, Whit Ellis, Jake Rome and Diego Diaz-Colwell. © Benoit Photo By Hank Wesch They are four students representing three universities – Syracuse...

Del Mar's Opening Week "Terrific" as Numbers Across the Board Sparkle

“You can’t get much better than this,” said Del Mar CEO Joe Harper in reference to opening week of the 2021 track meeting. “I’d have to say it was nothing short of terrific.” The seaside...

Del Mar Sets Opening Day Wagering Record

Flashiest © Benoit Photo Del Mar established an Opening Day record handle mark of $21,339,6453, which smashed by 29.3% the previous all-time high of $16,500,914 set in 2016. Last year’s Opening Day handle was $15,024,635,...

Del Mar Opening Day Hats Contest

Rebecca Smith © Benoit Photo The 27th annual Opening Day Hats Contest at Del Mar drew more than 100 contestants. Categories included Most Glamorous, Best Fascinator, Best Flowers and Best Racing/All Others. Contestants competed for...

Full Field in Oceanside Friday as Del Mar is Off and Running

Dream Shake © Benoit Photo A gate full of 3-year-olds will run a mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course Friday in the 76th edition of the Runhappy Oceanside Stakes, the highlight of a 10-race...

After His 2020 Hiatus, Denman Ready For His Del Mar Return

Trevor Denman © Benoit Photo Trevor Denman called the last race at Del Mar’s fall session on December 1, 2019. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife of 26 years, Robin, saddled up and headed east...