2017 Pacific Classic at Del Mar

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The 27th running of the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic will be held on Saturday, August 19 at Del Mar.

When is the Pacific Classic?


The Pacific Classic is on Saturday, August 19, 2017!

Where is the Pacific Classic?


The Pacific Classic is raced at Del Mar in Del Mar, California

Where can I watch the Pacific Classic?


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About the 2017 Pacific Classic

The Grade I mile and one-quarter for 3-year-olds and up, captured last year in spectacular fashion by subsequent Horse of the Year California Chrome, will be the centerpiece of the seaside track's 78th summer season, which runs from July 19 to September 4. It will air from 5 to 6 p.m. (Pacific).

This year is the first time that the race will be held at the same track and distance as the Breeders' Cup Classic. Del Mar is hosting the Breeders' Cup for the first time this November.

The Pacific Classic is the west's only million dollar race for older horses. It is again part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and will guarantee its winner a free spot in the starting gate for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar on Saturday, November 4.

Arrogate, the North American earnings champion with something to prove at Del Mar, will get a chance to do just that this Saturday when he heads a field of eight horses in the $1-million Pacific Classic.

Going into the San Diego, Arrogate had a record of seven wins from eight starts with a bankroll that registered over $17-million, more than any other North American horse in history. But in the San Diego he managed to -- in the words of his Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert -- "lay an egg." The husky 4-year-old never got in gear that afternoon and finished a disappointing fourth.

Set to take him on are the colt who beat him in the TVG San Diego, Hronis Racing's Accelerate, along with another Hronis runner, Hard Aces; R3 Racing, Calara Farms and ERJ Racing's Curlin Road, Reddam Racing's Donworth, Tachycardia Stables and Twilight Racing's Royal Albert Hall, Big Chief Racing's Sorry Erik and Speedway Stable's Collected. The last-named runner, a galloping winner of the Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita in his last start, also hails from the Bob Baffert barn.

Pacific Classic History

The Pacific Classic Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race for runners aged 3-year-old or up run at the classic American distance of a mile and a quarter (10 furlongs, 2 km). It is run each year in August at Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, Calif., and the Grade 1 race has become one of the top prizes for older horses racing in the United States each year.

First run in 1991, the Pacific Classic offers a purse of $1-million and is the premier event of the season at one of the nation's premier race meetings conducted for seven weeks each year at the seaside racing plant just north of San Diego. Notable among the runnings of the race was the 1996 renewal that saw champion Cigar attempt to best Citation's mark of 16 straight victories, but fall to a shocking upset ($81.20) by the unheralded Dare And Go and jockey Alex Solis. Another exciting running saw Hall of Fame Jockey Julie Krone become the first female rider to win a million-dollar race when she guided Sid and Jenny Craig's Candy Ride to victory in track record time of 1:59:11.

Del Mar switched its main racing surface from dirt to safer synthetic footing Polytrack in 2007 and the Pacific Classic winner that year was long-shot Student Council, who was handled by veteran Richard Migliore. Starting in 2008, the Pacific Classic is a part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge, where the winner of the race will automatically earn a spot in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Oak Tree.

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