Del Mar News & Announcements

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Del Mar Shifts First Post from 2 to 1:30 P.M. for Final Three Days

Anticipating an earlier sunset and wanting to be sure that all of its races could be run under optimal conditions during the Labor Day weekend, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced today that it has moved...

My Summer at Del Mar: It's All About the People, People

Editor’s Note: Jake Rome, a California boy who is going into his third year at the University of Wisconsin, was one of four college interns at Del Mar this summer. The journalism and communications arts...

Charlie McCaul: The Racetrack Called and He Found a Home

Charlie McCaul © Benoit Photo By Mac McBride The name – thick Irish that it is – is Charles Gerard McCaul. But if you’re like everyone else at a racetrack in Southern California, you simply...

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...