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Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Del Mar Racetrack

Del Mar Racetrack opened on July 3, 1937 and is currently owned by the State of California and operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The track was famously owned by the one and only Bing Crosby, a multi platform superstar of the 20th century. Crosby partnered with other notable people as founding members. One such member was multi-millionaire Charles S. Howard who is best known for owning Seabiscuit.

2017 marks the first time that Del Mar will be honored with hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

During the course of the racing season, Del Mar hosts a series of Grade-I races including the Pacific Classic, Clement L. Hirsch Handicap and the Del Mar Oaks. Below are some of the biggest races held at Del Mar.

Del Mar Graded Stakes List:

Bing Crosby Stakes

Del Mar Oaks

San Diego Handicap

Clement L. Hirsch Handicap

Pacific Classic Stakes

Sorrento Stakes

Del Mar Debutante Stakes

Best Pal Stakes

Rancho Bernardo Handicap

Del Mar Futurity

Del Mar Derby

Cougar II Handicap

Eddie Read Stakes

Del Mar Oaks

Del Mar Handicap

Wagering At Del Mar

The Pick-6 remains one of the most popular pool bets at Del Mar with a $2.00 minimum bet on the last six races of the day.

Del Mar also boasts a Pick-4, a bet based on the last four races of a program with a guaranteed pool of $400,000 on weekends and a pool of $200,000 on weekdays.

The full list of Del Mar bets is as follows: $2 win, place and show; $1 Exacta; $2 Quinella; $1 Trifecta; $2 rolling Double; $1 rolling Pick Three; $1 Superfecta (.10¢ minimum); $1 Place Pick All; $1 Super High Five; $2 Pick Six; .50¢ Player’s Pick Five, and .50¢ Pick Four.

 

2017 Bing Crosby Season Stakes MEET SCHEDULE

Del Mar Racetrack will once again hold their winter meet in honor of one of their founding member Bing Crosby. The event runs through November and includes the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Find a calendar of live racing below.

DATE RACE / CONDITIONS PURSE / DISTANCE
Wed. Nov. 1st Let It Ride Stakes
Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $60,000 at 1 M o/o since April 1
$75,000 Added
One Mile (Turf)
Thu. Nov. 2nd Lure Stakes
Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S of $60,000 at 1 M o/o since July 1
$75,000 Added
One Mile (Turf)
Fri. Nov. 3rd DAMASCUS STAKES
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Fri. Nov. 3rd GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE FILLIES STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$200,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Fri. Nov. 3rd THE MARATHON STAKES (GR II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 3/4 Miles
Fri. Nov. 3rd SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES (GR III)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
5 Furlongs (Turf)
Sat. Nov. 4th GOLDIKOVA STAKES (GR II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Sat. Nov. 4th GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$200,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Nov. 4th QATAR JUVENILE TURF SPRINT
Two-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
5 Furlongs (Turf)
Sun. Nov. 5th Fast Parade Stakes
Three-year-olds & up
$75,000 Added
5 Furlongs (Turf)
Sat. Nov. 11th BOB HOPE STAKES (GR III)
Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sun. Nov. 12th BETTY GRABLE STAKES
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Nov. 18th DESI ARNAZ STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sun. Nov. 19th CARY GRANT STAKES
Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Thu. Nov. 23rd RED CARPET STAKES (GR III)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 3/8 Miles (Turf)
Fri. Nov. 24th HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (GR II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/2 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Nov. 25th HOLLYWOOD DERBY (GR I)
Three-year-olds
$300,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Sat. Nov. 25th JIMMY DURANTE STAKES (GR III)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Sat. Nov. 25th NATIVE DIVER STAKES (GR III)
Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles
Sun. Nov. 26th MATRIARCH STAKES (GR I)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$300,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)
Sun. Nov. 26th SEABISCUIT HANDICAP (GR II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Sun. Nov. 26th CECIL B. DEMILLE STAKES (GR III)
Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)

 

About Del Mar Thoroughbred Club History

Del Mar Park, located 20 miles from San Diego's busy downtown, was founded in 1937 by entertainment icon Bing Crosby. The crooner greeted the first fan at the gates, a star-studded beginning to what has become one of America's most notable racetracks.

Del Mar has hosted historic races, such as the famous Seabiscuit-Ligaroti match in 1938. Seabiscuit won the gruelling duel by a nose.

Stars and politicians, such as Ann Miller, Don Ameche, Ava Gardner, Red Skelton, Dorothy Lamour, Crosby and Pat O'Brien, visited the track every summer and helped to bring it into the limelight. During World War II, Del Mar was shut down and transformed into a training arena for the marines and a salvage yard for parts for the B-17 bomber.

In 1960, Del Mar unveiled a turf track with a length of 7/8th of a mile. This track was unique because it had a diagonally shaped chute that could either have a distance of 1 1/16th or 1 1/8th miles. Again, Del Mar had created a unique feature for horse racing.

In 1990, Del Mar continued to win bettors over as it led the nation with an average daily handle of $7,510,867. The Pacific Classic was introduced in that year and became the richest race in Del Mar history at $1 million.

By 1992, the "new" Del Mar was finished as the former grandstand was rebuilt and placed beside the clubhouse. The renovations cost $80 million and included 505 farms.

Presently, The Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events that attract an estimated three million visitors annually. The horse-racing facility is a part of the 350-acre, multi-use entertainment and exhibit arena. The facilities include 200,000 square feet of trade show and meeting space; a 15,000-seat grandstand; a 9,000-seat outdoor arena; a 100,000-square-foot satellite wagering facility; a one-mile racetrack; 1,800 permanent animal stalls; a 10-acre golf/tennis/retail outlet/RV park and the Del Mar horse park, a 64-acre equestrian facility.

Following the trend of tracks like Keeneland, Arlington Park, Woodbine and Turfway Park, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club opened its 2007 summer racing season with a new Polytrack surface on the main track. As mandated by the California Horse Racing Board IN 2008 all major Thoroughbred racetracks in California have installed synthetic surfaces on their main tracks. Both Hollywood Park and Santa Anita chose to install a Cushion Track, and Golden Gate Fields in Northern California has installed a Tapeta surface.

In 2015 Del Mar opened their fall season to a dirt surface debut. The track began the pre-planning of replacing their synthetic surface in February of 2014, seven years after installing a Polytrack main track surface.

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