As it has for the past two seasons, Del Mar again will offer 42 stakes races over the course of a 37-day summer meeting, this time beginning on Wednesday, July 20, and continuing until Wednesday, Sept. 7. It will be the seaside track’s 72nd presentation of thoroughbred sport.
Highlighting the stakes roster for the 21st straight year is the track’s showcase event, the $1-million Pacific Classic, which this year will be offered on Sunday, Aug. 28. The mile and one-quarter for 3-year-olds and up will be the richest and most prestigious of 31 “major” — or “advertised”— stakes planned for the summer stand that will see racing conducted once more on a Wednesday through Sunday basis.
The 31 stakes will have total purse values of $6,075,000. Additionally, the racing headquarters first opened by entertainment titan Bing Crosby and his Hollywood pals back in 1937 also will stage 11 “overnight” stakes with a value of $935,000, bring the total stakes incentives for the session to $7,010,000.
“In light of all that’s going on in our sport right now, I’m delighted we were able to avoid any race cuts for our premier events,” said Del Mar’s executive vice president for racing and racing secretary Tom Robbins. “A few of our race purses were trimmed, but for the most part we held firm. And I’m especially pleased we once again will offer the Pacific Classic with a $1,000,000 purse.”
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