Nominations close this
Friday for Del Mar's two premier stakes for 2-year-olds -- the Grade I Darley
Debutante for fillies and the Grade I Del Mar Futurity for all juveniles. The
championship events will be renewed this season on Saturday, September 4
(Debutante) and Wednesday, September 8 (Futurity).
The nomination fee for each
race is $250 with no sustaining payments required. Both are run at seven
furlongs and both carry guaranteed purses of $250,000.
Nomination forms for the
juvenile features can be downloaded on line at the Del Mar website -- www.delmarracing.com -- followed by
clicking on the "Horsemen" section. The forms can be filled out and faxed back
to the Del Mar racing office (858) 794-1049, or nominations can be e-mailed
directly to Del Mar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year Southern Equine
Stable's Mi Sueno won the Debutante, while Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Lookin
At Lucky took the Futurity. Mi Sueno was injured shortly thereafter and
retired, but Lookin At Lucky went on to be named 2-year-old champion.
Del Mar's 37-day season
opens on Wednesday, July 21 and run until September 8. With the exception of
Labor Day Monday, racing will be conducted on a Wednesday through Sunday basis.