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Del Mar Expands Simulcast Menu

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Del Mar will expand its simulcast import menu of domestic races from the current 32 up to as many as 50 per day for its upcoming race meeting, which will be off and running this Wednesday.

The expansion was made possible by a bill (AB 707) sponsored by Assemblyman Martin Garrick (R-Carlsbad) and signed by Governor Jerry Brown last Friday. The law took effect on Sunday, closing day of the Hollywood Park spring/summer meeting.


The expansion will allow Del Mar to enhance its simulcast cards from the major national tracks already on its menu – Saratoga, Monmouth Park, Arlington Park and Louisiana Downs. Additionally, it will open the door for races from several other summertime racetracks across the United States.


“As an avid racing fan and the Assemblyman for Del Mar, I was pleased to author legislation that will benefit patrons and tracks alike,” said Garrick. “Increasing the viewing and wagering options will result in much needed revenue for California facilities and result in a better experience for fans.”


Besides importing full, or near-full, cards from major race meets, Del Mar also regularly imports important stakes races from tracks throughout the country. It will continue to do so and now has the capacity to expand those offerings besides.


Additionally, the track also imports an average of 30 foreign races daily from Canada, Australia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina, among others.


Simulcasting begins each racing day at 11 a.m. and continues on to approximately 5:30 each afternoon, though the new bill allows for an expansion of that time up until 7 p.m. if the host track desires.


On Mondays and Tuesdays, which will be “dark” days for live racing at Del Mar, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will offer simulcast wagering for out-of-state tracks to its Southern California satellites. On-site, Del Mar will be open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for simulcasting, but closed all day Tuesdays. Fans considering attending a satellite on either of those days need to check ahead to be sure that their facility will be open.


Del Mar’s 37-day season runs until Wednesday, September 7.

 

 

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