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Del Mar Press Release | OTB Writer
Updated: July 06, 2022

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 81st summer racing season between July 10 and September 7 featuring a 38-race stakes schedule offering more than $5.5 million in purses.

The meet kicks off on Friday, July 10 and will feature the traditional Opening Day headliner, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, a grass mile for 3-year-olds that leads off the track's turf series for sophomores.

The overall stakes slate consists of 32 stakes that carry purses of no less than $100,000, along with six overnight stakes, each worth $65,000. Twenty-one of the stakes are Graded - six at Grade I, 11 at Grade II and four at Grade III. Eighteen of the stakes will be contested on the track's Jimmy Durante Turf Course, while the other 20 will be offered on the main track.

The $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes (August 1) for 3-year-olds will take on added importance this year as it will serve as a significant stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby, which due to COVID-19 has been rescheduled to run on Saturday, September 5.

The Shared Belief has been lengthened from one mile to a mile and one-sixteenth and now will offer the all-important Kentucky Derby qualifying points (50-20-10-5) to the first four finishers.

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"It's nice to offer local horseman who have horses on the Kentucky Derby trail the option to stay home and not have to ship out of town to earn Derby qualifying points," said Tom Robbins, the head of Del Mar's racing department in his role as executive vice president of racing. "Overall, I'm happy to report we're presenting a very similar stakes schedule that our horsemen have been used to over the past several years. We again will feature a blockbuster TVG Pacific Classic Day card with five Graded stakes in one afternoon. And, certainly, to offer 38 stakes over 28 days of racing is impressive anyway you look at it."

In addition to the 30th running of the Grade I, $500,000 TVG Pacific Classic, the Saturday, August 22 card also will showcase the Grade I, $250,000 Del Mar Oaks for 3-year-old fillies; the Grade II, $200,000 Del Mar Handicap for 3-year-olds and up; the Grade III, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, and the Grade III, $100,000 Green Flash Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.

The track's other Grade I tests are the $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs on August 1; the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at a mile and one-sixteenth on August 2; the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs on September 6, and the $250,000 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs on September 7.

As in previous summers, five of the track's key stakes have been scheduled as Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races, meaning a victory in any of them will guarantee the winning horse an entry - with all fees paid - in the corresponding BC divisional race, along with a travel bonus if necessary.

The Pacific Classic is a "Win and You're In" race that assures entry into the $7 million Breeders' Cup Classic. So, besides the winner's share of the purse, the victorious Pacific Classic horse also has his or her entry fee to the BC Classic covered - a sum of $150,000 - as well as the promise of a possible travel bonus of either $10,000 (nationally) or $40,000 (internationally), as appropriate.

The two-day Breeders' Cup program this year will be presented at Keeneland in Lexington, KY on November 6 and 7 and then will return to Del Mar in 2021.

The other four "Win and You're In" races are the Bing Crosby (guaranteeing admission to the $2 million BC Sprint); the Clement L. Hirsch ($2 million BC Distaff); the Del Mar Handicap ($6 million BC Turf), and the Grade II, $150,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes on August 29 ($2 million BC Dirt Mile.)

Further, the seaside racetrack once more will offer its usual compliment of eight California-bred stakes, part of the state's Golden State Stakes Series consisting of 39 restricted stakes for registered California-bred, or sired, horses.

Del Mar's Cal-bred stakes are the $100,000 Fleet Treat, $125,000 California Dreamin', the $100,000 Real Good Deal, the $100,000 CTBA, the $100,000 Graduation, the $125,000 Solana Beach, the $100,000 Generous Portion and the $100,000 I'm Smokin.

Del Mar will race on a Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule throughout the meet, while adding in a closing day Monday, September 7, which is Labor Day. First post daily will be 2 p.m.

Del Mar 2020 Summer Meet Stakes OTB Schedule

     
DATE RACE / CONDITIONS PURSE / DISTANCE
Fri. Jul 10 RUNHAPPY OCEANSIDE STAKES
Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $50,000 at 1 M o/o in 2020
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Sat. Jul 11 Wickerr Stakes*
Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since September 1
$65,000 Added
1 Mile (T)
Sun. Jul 12 Osunitas Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since September 1
$65,000 Added
1 Mile (T)
Sat. Jul 18 SAN DIEGO HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sat. Jul 18 Daisycutter Handicap*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$65,000 Added
5 Furlongs (T)
Sun. Jul 19 EDDIE READ STAKES (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (T)
Sun. Jul 19 Smiling Tiger Stakes*
Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $60,000 in 2020
$65,000 Added
6 Furlongs
Fri. Jul 24 FLEET TREAT STAKES
Fillies, Three-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Jul 25 SAN CLEMENTE STAKES (Gr. II)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Sun. Jul 26 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' STAKES
Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$125,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (T)
Fri. Jul 31 REAL GOOD DEAL STAKES
Three-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 01 BING CROSBY STAKES (Gr. I)
Three-year-olds & up
$250,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 01 CTBA STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 01 SHARED BELIEF STAKES
Three-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sun. Aug 02 CLEMENT L. HIRSCH STAKES (Gr. I)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sun. Aug 02 GRADUATION STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Fri. Aug 07 SORRENTO STAKES (GR. II)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 08 YELLOW RIBBON HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (T)
Sat. Aug 08 BEST PAL STAKES (Gr. II)
Two-year-olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 09 LA JOLLA HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds
$125,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (T)
Sat. Aug 15 SOLANA BEACH STAKES
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$125,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Sun. Aug 16 CTT & TOC Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$65,000 Added
1 3/8 Miles (T)
Fri. Aug 21 RANCHO BERNARDO HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 1/2 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 22 TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC (Gr. I)
Three-year-olds & up
$500,000 Guaranteed
1 1/4 Miles
Sat. Aug 22 GREEN FLASH HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 Furlongs (T)
Sat. Aug 22 DEL MAR HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 3/8 Miles (T)
Sat. Aug 22 DEL MAR OAKS (Gr. I)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (T)
Sat. Aug 22 TORREY PINES STAKES (Gr. III)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile
Sun. Aug 23 DEL MAR MILE (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Fri. Aug 28 Tranquility Lake Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since February 1
$65,000 Added
1 Mile
Sat. Aug 29 PAT O'BRIEN STAKES (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 30 GENEROUS PORTION STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Fri. Sep 04 I'M SMOKIN STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Sep 05 JOHN C. MABEE STAKES (Gr. II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (T)
Sun. Sep 06 DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (Gr. I)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$250,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sun. Sep 06 DEL MAR DERBY (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (T)
Mon. Sep 07 DEL MAR JUVENILE TURF
Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Mon. Sep 07 RUNHAPPY DEL MAR FUTURITY (Gr. I)
Two-year-olds
$250,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs

* Indicates Overnight Stakes 

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