Friday, July 17, 2009

Del Mar To Offer All Major ADW Services For 2009 Meet

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced a “full house” of advanced deposit wagering platforms for its 2009 race meeting, which opens Wednesday (July 22) and runs through September 9.

Action on the seaside track will be available to ADW players through the four major account-wagering companies —,, and — as well as through Del Mar’s new betting platform – – which opened for business on July 1.

The ADW system allows horseplayers to make bets either by phone or on-line using pre-deposited funds in their accounts. Last year, ADW users could wager on Del Mar races primarily through the TVG and Youbet sites. This year’s switch to all the leading account providers, as well as the track becoming one of the first in North America to offer a private label betting platform, has expanded fan opportunity to maximum advantage in this regard.

“When you open more doors, you obviously make things easier and more fan friendly,” noted DMTC chief financial officer Mike Ernst. “We’re delighted to be able to offer Del Mar’s horseplayers the very best options available to them in our industry when it comes to advanced deposit wagering.”

In the case of, the track expects to realize pricing advantages which will directly benefit horsemen in the form of added purses.

“We were delighted to work with Del Mar in negotiating arrangements with the full range of ADW providers,” stated Marsha Naify, chair of the Thoroughbred Owners of California’s board of directors. “Del Mar’s signal, which is one of the very best in the racing world, is now available to more players than ever and that is good for business and good for horse racing.”

Del Mar’s seven-week, 37-day meet will be conducted under a new five-day-per-week format this year – Wednesdays through Sundays. First post daily is at 2 p.m. with the exceptions of all Fridays (3 p.m.) and Pacific Classic Day (Sunday, September 6 – 1 p.m.) The track normally will run nine races every Wednesday and Friday, eight races Thursdays and 10 races Saturdays and Sundays.

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