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Del Mar Facts

  • Where is Del Mar Racetrack? Del Mar is located in Del Mar, California, just 20 miles north of San Diego. It is situated right next to the beach, hence Del Mar’s longtime slogan, “Where The Turf Meets the Surf”.
  • How old is Del Mar? Del Mar opened July 3, 1937.
  • How long is the Del Mar Track? Del Mar features a one-mile oval with chutes for 7/8 and 1 1/4 mile races and a seven-eighths mile oval with a diagonal straight away chute for 1 1/16 and 1 1/8 mile races on the turf course.
  • When does Del Mar race? Del Mar runs live racing July through early September. A second live racing meet that runs in November to mid-December started in 2014 and is known as the Bing Crosby Season.
  • What races are run at Del Mar? Del Mar is most famous for the Pacific Classic, the richest race for older horses on the West Coast. Other prominent races include the Bing Crosby Stakes, Clement L. Hirsch Handicap, Del Mar Debutante Stakes, Del Mar Futurity and the Del Mar Oaks.
  • Who are the most famous horses to run at Del Mar? Cigar, Silver Charm, Game On Dude and Zenyatta are some of the more recent horses that have raced at Del Mar, but the track was also the stomping grounds of elite horses from racing’s prime. Seabiscuit raced there once, and interestingly, a horse named Arrogate won the Del Mar Handicap in 1955 & 1956.
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Facts and Factors

To experience some old Hollywood glamour and thrilling horse racing, keep an eye on Del Mar this summer. The famous racetrack by the sea will host some of the biggest names in racing all summer – here’s what you need to know.

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Horses: Horses that have performed well at Del Mar have a big edge over those who haven’t. A horse’s performance often depends on the track on which they’re racing. Seek out horses that have won or placed well at Del Mar in previous years - they could make for a better bet.  
Jockeys: French-born Flavien Prat is the top jockey in California right now.    Prat has won the Del Mar Riding Title at three of the last four meets.  Keep an eye out for him in the winner’s circle this summer.
Trainers I: Peter Miller leads all trainers with 90 wins at Del Mar since 2015. Miller also won his first two Breeders’ Cup races last November at Del Mar – the Sprint (Roy H) and Turf Sprint (Stormy Liberal).  
Trainers II: No trainer has won more at Del Mar than Bob Baffert Last summer, Bob Baffert broke Mike Mitchell’s record  for all-time wins at Del Mar with 480 wins. Baffert also has the most stakes wins (124) in Del Mar history.  
Races: There are 41 stakes races scheduled to run at Del Mar. The top horses run in stakes races and there are plenty of those to check out at Del Mar this season.  Pay particular attention to the Pacific Classic on August 18 and Del Mar Futurity on September 3.
Betting: Del Mar has added an Early Pick 4 and a Late Pick 5 to its wager menu this year. Take stock of the bets offered and budget accordingly.  When you’re excited about a particular horse, you can place multiple types of bets in order to maximize returns.  
History: Bing Crosby was one of the masterminds behind Del Mar’s inception. Del Mar opened in 1937 and has famously been a hangout for Hollywood’s top stars in the last 80 years.  
Locale: Del Mar is located just yards from the beach in San Diego, California.   For a  great day at Del Mar, hit the beach in the morning,  head to the races in the afternoon, and wrap up everything with an exquisite dinner at one of the area’s top restaurants.

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Del Mar Fall Stakes Schedule

Date Race
11/9/2018 Kathryn Crosby Stakes
11/10/2018 Let it Ride Stakes
11/11/2018 BETTY GRABLE STAKES
11/12/2018 DESI ARNAZ STAKES
11/17/2018 BOB HOPE STAKES (GR III)
11/18/2018 CARY GRANT STAKES
11/22/2018 RED CARPET STAKES (GR III)
11/23/2018 HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (GR II)
11/24/2018 SEABISCUIT HANDICAP (GR II)
11/24/2018 JIMMY DURANTE STAKES (GR III)
11/25/2018 CECIL B. DEMILLE STAKES (GR III)
12/1/2018 HOLLYWOOD DERBY (GR I)
12/2/2018 MATRIARCH STAKES (GR I)

Del Mar History

Del Mar Race track opened in 1937 thanks mainly to two men, singer and actor Bing Crosby and actor Pat O’Brien. Opening day 1937, featured Bing Crosby welcoming fans to his track. By 1940, Del Mar was the place for Hollywood stars to see and be seen. Del Mar opened during a time when Americans loved racing as much as they loved baseball ad Del Mar flourished, being called the ‘Saratoga of the West’.

Del Mar Track Surface

The Del Mar track surface has undergone quite a few renovations in its history, from the dirt track being totally removed and replaced with a synthetic surface, and back again to dirt seven years later, to the turf course being widened to 80 feet. Del Mar has a one-mile oval with chutes for 7/8 and 1 1/4 mile races and a seven-eighths mile oval with a diagonal straight away chute for 1 1/16 and 1 1/8 mile horse races.

Betting Del Mar

Del Mar opened Wednesday, July 18 with the Oceanside Stakes. There are 41 stakes races this summer at Del Mar, and Bob Baffert is the leading stakes winning trainer. When betting Del Mar, keep in mind that horses that have performed well at Del Mar have a big edge over those who haven’t. For more Del Mar Facts, see our Facts and Factors Infographic. Xpressbet is your way to play the races at Del Mar. Sign Up Now to Pick Your Bonus and start wagering today!

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