Del Mar stakes schedule set, including a Kentucky Derby prep

Del Mar stakes schedule set, including a Kentucky Derby prep
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Del Mar will conduct its 81st summer racing season between July 10 and Sept. 7 featuring a 38-race stakes schedule offering more than $5.5 million in purses. The meet kicks off on a Friday and will feature the traditional Opening Day headliner, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, a grass mile for 3-year-olds that leads off the track’s turf series for sophomores.

The overall stakes slate consists of 32 stakes that carry purses of no less than $100,000, along with six overnight stakes, each worth $65,000. Twenty-one of the stakes are graded – six at Grade 1, 11 at Grade 2 and four at Grade 3. Eighteen of the stakes will be contested on the track’s Jimmy Durante Turf Course, while the other 20 will be offered on the main track.

The $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes for 3-year-olds will take on added importance Aug. 1, as it will serve as a significant stepping stone to the 2020 Kentucky Derby, which due to COVID-19 has been rescheduled to run on Sept. 5. The Shared Belief has been lengthened from one mile to 1 1/16 miles and now will offer the all-important Kentucky Derby qualifying points (50-20-10-5) to the first four finishers.

“It’s nice to offer local horseman who have horses on the Kentucky Derby trail the option to stay home and not have to ship out of town to earn Derby qualifying points,” said Tom Robbins, the head of Del Mar’s racing department in his role as executive vice president of racing. “Overall, I’m happy to report we’re presenting a very similar stakes schedule that our horsemen have been used to over the past several years.

"We again will feature a blockbuster TVG Pacific Classic Day card with five graded stakes in one afternoon. And, certainly, to offer 38 stakes over 28 days of racing is impressive anyway you look at it.”

In addition to the 30th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 TVG Pacific Classic, the Saturday, Aug. 22 card also will showcase the Grade 1, $250,000 Del Mar Oaks for 3-year-old fillies; the Grade 2, $200,000 Del Mar Handicap for 3-year-olds and up; the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, and the Grade 3, $100,000 Green Flash Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.

The track’s other Grade 1 tests are the $250,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs on August 1; the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth on August 2; the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs on Sept. 6; and the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs on Sept 7. 

As in previous summers, five of the track’s key stakes have been scheduled as Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races, meaning a victory in any of them will guarantee the winning horse an entry – with all fees paid – in the corresponding championshipl race, along with a travel bonus if necessary.

The TVG Pacific Classic is a “Win and You’re In” race that assures entry into the $7 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. So, besides the winner’s share of the purse, the victorious TVG Pacific Classic horse also has his or her entry fee to the Classic covered – a sum of $150,000 – as well as the promise of a possible travel bonus of either $10,000 (nationally) or $40,000 (internationally), as appropriate.

The other four “Win and You’re In” races are the Bing Crosby (guaranteeing admission to the $2 million Sprint); the Clement L. Hirsch ($2 million Distaff); the Del Mar Handicap ($6 million Turf), and the Grade 2, $150,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes on Aug. 29 ($2 million Dirt Mile.)

The two-day Breeders’ Cup program this year will be presented at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 6 and 7 and then will return to Del Mar in 2021.

Del Mar will race on a Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule throughout the meet, while adding in a closing day Monday, September 7, which is Labor Day. First post daily will be 2 p.m.

The list of stakes follows:     

DATERACE / CONDITIONSPURSE / DISTANCE
Fri. Jul 10RUNHAPPY OCEANSIDE STAKES
Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $50,000 at 1 M o/o in 2020
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Sat. Jul 11Wickerr Stakes*
Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since September 1
$65,000 Added
1 Mile (T)
Sun. Jul 12Osunitas Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since September 1
$65,000 Added
1 Mile (T)
Sat. Jul 18SAN DIEGO HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sat. Jul 18Daisycutter Handicap*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$65,000 Added
5 Furlongs (T)
Sun. Jul 19EDDIE READ STAKES (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (T)
Sun. Jul 19Smiling Tiger Stakes*
Three-year-olds, N/W S/S of $60,000 in 2020
$65,000 Added
6 Furlongs
Fri. Jul 24FLEET TREAT STAKES
Fillies, Three-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Jul 25SAN CLEMENTE STAKES (Gr. II)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Sun. Jul 26CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' STAKES
Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$125,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (T)
Fri. Jul 31REAL GOOD DEAL STAKES
Three-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 01BING CROSBY STAKES (Gr. I)
Three-year-olds & up
$250,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 01CTBA STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 01SHARED BELIEF STAKES
Three-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sun. Aug 02CLEMENT L. HIRSCH STAKES (Gr. I)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sun. Aug 02GRADUATION STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Fri. Aug 07SORRENTO STAKES (GR. II)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 08YELLOW RIBBON HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (T)
Sat. Aug 08BEST PAL STAKES (Gr. II)
Two-year-olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 09LA JOLLA HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds
$125,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles (T)
Sat. Aug 15SOLANA BEACH STAKES
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, Cal-Bred
$125,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Sun. Aug 16CTT & TOC Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$65,000 Added
1 3/8 Miles (T)
Fri. Aug 21RANCHO BERNARDO HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 1/2 Furlongs
Sat. Aug 22TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC (Gr. I)
Three-year-olds & up
$500,000 Guaranteed
1 1/4 Miles
Sat. Aug 22GREEN FLASH HANDICAP (Gr. III)
Three-year-olds & up
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 Furlongs (T)
Sat. Aug 22DEL MAR HANDICAP (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 3/8 Miles (T)
Sat. Aug 22DEL MAR OAKS (Gr. I)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$250,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (T)
Sat. Aug 22TORREY PINES STAKES (Gr. III)
Fillies, Three-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile
Sun. Aug 23DEL MAR MILE (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Fri. Aug 28Tranquility Lake Stakes*
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up, N/W S/S $50,000 at 1 M o/o since February 1
$65,000 Added
1 Mile
Sat. Aug 29PAT O'BRIEN STAKES (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sun. Aug 30GENEROUS PORTION STAKES
Fillies, Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Fri. Sep 04I'M SMOKIN STAKES
Two-year-olds, Cal-Bred
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs
Sat. Sep 05JOHN C. MABEE STAKES (Gr. II)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (T)
Sun. Sep 06DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (Gr. I)
Fillies, Two-year-olds
$250,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs
Sun. Sep 06DEL MAR DERBY (Gr. II)
Three-year-olds
$200,000 Guaranteed
1 1/8 Miles (T)
Mon. Sep 07DEL MAR JUVENILE TURF
Two-year-olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (T)
Mon. Sep 07RUNHAPPY DEL MAR FUTURITY (Gr. I)
Two-year-olds
$250,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs

* Indicates Overnight Stakes 

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