Wednesday, July 08 2009

Betting Menu Will Look Familiar for 2009 Meeting

Del Mar in 2009 will offer a betting menu that holds a mirror up to 2008 and does it all again, including the return of the Super High Five, which made its local debut last summer and proved a popular "nitecap" for those who like to take a swing at a big payoff.

The Super High Five is a $1 bet that requires a player to select the first through fifth horses in correct order on the day’s final race. The wager requires at least eight betting interests in order to be offered and, if not hit, 100% of the pool is carried over to the next day’s program. In 2008 a two-day carryover in the pool reached $155,430 and resulted in a single-ticket payout of a record $437,893. The addition of the Super High Five did not preclude Del Mar’s popular Superfecta (first through fourth horses in correct order) on the day's last race and will not do so this year either.

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Tuesday, July 07 2009

Officials Are Named for 2009 Race Meeting at Del Mar

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 70th race meeting beginning Wednesday, July 22 led by a veteran team of racing officials.

Heading up the effort will by DMTC's vice president for racing, Tom Robbins, who also serves as the track's director of racing and racing secretary. This will be his 29th summer in the seaside racing office.

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Thursday, July 02 2009

“Daybreak at Del Mar” Bargain Special for Summer Weekends

Racing fans and all San Diegans once again will have a different -- and inexpensive -- way to start off their weekends throughout the summer with the return of "Daybreak at Del Mar" during the 37-day meeting at Del Mar’s seaside course.

From 7:30 to 9:30 each Saturday and Sunday morning the track presents a sunny outdoor setting next to the ocean to enjoy breakfast and watch beautiful Thoroughbreds strut their stuff in their workouts and gallops. There is no admission charge to the sessions, held at the track’s Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant overlooking the stretch.

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Wednesday, July 01 2009 Offers Online Action, Advantages

Racing fans who like to wager online or by phone -- on races at Del Mar, or on virtually any racetrack in the country year-round -- have a new way to "get down" that provides easy access and notable advantages through the latest in wagering accounts –

The wagering platform, powered by XpressBet, begins operation July 1, and charges no membership, monthly or per-wager fees. Account holders also will be able to access limited free audio and video streaming of races online.

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Tuesday, June 23 2009

Del Mar to Host Eight Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races

The Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of automatic qualifying races for the $25.5 million 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships, will increase expansion this year with a record 62 races taking place in seven countries at the world’s greatest racing venues, it was announced today. Del Mar Race Track will host eight races during the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Season beginning on August 2 with the San Diego Handicap, a Dirt Mile qualifier. Additionally, the $1-million Pacific Classic is one of three Challenge races that will serve as a Breeders’ Cup Classic qualifier. Click here for complete 2009 schedule.

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Wednesday, June 10 2009

Seniors Will Find Thursdays Friendly at Del Mar in 2009

Thursdays are good days for seniors at Del Mar this summer and a pair of them -- the first (July 23) and last (September 3) of the meet -- are especially sweet.

Those two Thursdays will provide all seniors with both free Stretch Run admission and a free Stretch Run reserved seat, as the track salutes its fans aged 62 and up. Additionally, a free program is part of the mix.

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Thursday, May 14 2009

“Free & Easy Wednesdays” a Winner at Del Mar This Summer

With a "long" weekend (two days instead of one) on the agenda at Del Mar this summer, as well as the realization that everyone now is looking for ways to make their dollars go further, track officials wanted to come up with a way to welcome back their fans following the Monday-Tuesday break while providing them with what amounts to the best bargain in town. Thus was born "Free & Easy Wednesday."

And just as it sounds, the new promotion will offer racegoers big-gain-no-pain access to a day's fun at the seaside palace just north of San Diego, starting with free admission and a free reserved seat, along with half-price drinks and food for those welcoming back those thundering Thoroughbreds following their break.

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