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Del Mar 2021 Opening at 100% Handicapping and Stakes Schedule

Del Mar 2021 Opening at 100% Handicapping and Stakes Schedule

by Laurie RossJuly 6, 2021

100% Capacity in Seated Areas at Del Mar 2021

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced plans to open its 2021 summer race meet with 100% capacity for fans in its seating areas throughout its facility.
Del Mar’s 82nd racing season will open on Friday, July 16, and run through Labor Day Monday, September 6.

All fans wishing to attend must obtain a seating package in advance of their arrival. Admission tickets and parking passes are in the package. Online purchase of seats are available ( Besides the online sale, Del Mar offers the purchase of reserved seating packages by phone (858-792-4242).

Del Mar 2021 will offer seating in its Stretch Run (Grandstand), Clubhouse, Turf Club, Skyrooms, Luxury and Celebrity Suites, and its five major restaurants. Total seating at the track is 14,994.

Post Times

The first post daily at the seaside oval will be 2 p.m. on all days except Fridays. Opening Day Friday will have a 2 p.m. post, but then Fridays thereafter will see a 4 p.m. start with the exceptions of the last two Fridays of the meet (August 27 and September 3) when things get started at 3:30 p.m.

The first two weeks of the season will feature Friday-through-Sunday three-day weekends. For the remainder of the meet, racing will be conducted on a Thursdays-through-Sunday basis with Closing Day on Labor Day Monday.

Handicapping Contests

Four handicapping contests are scheduled for the meet. The popular Beach Boss Online Handicapping Contest is free to play, with $100 of mythical Win, Place, or Show bets on featured races each day of the Summer Season from July 16 through September 6.

The LRF Cares Handicapping Contest supports Thoroughbred aftercare. The live-money contest has a $500 buy-in and will be held on Saturday, July 24. Participants can play live on-track or through

The Del Mar 2021 Summer Handicapping Challenge will be held on Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, August 1, with a $4,000 buy-in. 100% of the prize pool is distributed back to players, including Breeders’ Cup Challenge & NHC entries.
Del Mar’s final handicapping event, the Pacific Classic Betting Challenge, will be held on Saturday, August 21, with a $5,000 buy-in. Participants can play on track or online through

Learn more and register here

2021 Summer Season Graded Stakes Schedule

Date Race Grade Purse Restrictions Surface Distance
Sat. Jul. 17th San Diego Handicap 2 $250,000 3YO & up Dirt 1 1/16 Miles
Sun. Jul. 18th Cougar II Stakes 3 $100,000 3YO & up Dirt 1 1/2 Miles
Sat. Jul. 24th Eddie Read Stakes 2 $250,000 3YO & up Turf 1 1/8 Miles
Sat. Jul. 24th San Clemente Stakes 2 $200,000 3YO Fillies Turf 1 Mile
Sat. Jul. 31st Bing Crosby Stakes 1 $300,000 3YO & up Dirt 6 Furlongs
Sun. Aug. 1st Clement L. Hirsch Stakes 1 $300,000 3YO & up Fillies & Mares Dirt 1 1/16 Miles
Fri. Aug. 6th Sorrento Stakes 2 $200,000 2YO Fillies Dirt 6 Furlongs
Sat. Aug. 7th Yellow Ribbon Handicap 2 $200,000 3YO & up Fillies & Mares Turf 1 1/16 Miles
Sat. Aug. 7th Best Pal Stakes 2 $200,000 2YO Dirt 6 Furlongs
Sun. Aug. 8th La Jolla Stakes 3 $150,000 3YO Turf 1 1/16 Miles
Fri. Aug. 20th Rancho Bernardo Handicap 3 $100,000 3YO & up Fillies & Mares Dirt 6 1/2 Furlongs
Sat. Aug. 21st Tvg Pacific Classic 1 $750,000 3YO & up Dirt 1 1/4 Miles
Sat. Aug. 21st Del Mar Oaks 1 $300,000 3YO Fillies Turf 1 1/8 Miles
Sat. Aug. 21st Del Mar Mile 2 $300,000 3YO & up Turf 1 Mile
Sat. Aug. 21st Del Mar Handicap 2 $300,000 3YO & up Turf 1 3/8 Miles
Sat. Aug. 21st Torrey Pines Stakes 3 $100,000 3YO Fillies Dirt 1 Mile
Sun. Aug. 22nd Green Flash Handicap 3 $100,000 3YO & up Turf 5 Furlongs
Sat. Aug. 28th Pat O’Brien Stakes 2 $200,000 3YO & up Dirt 7 Furlongs
Sat. Sep. 4th Del Mar Derby 2 $200,000 3YO Turf 1 1/8 Miles
Sat. Sep. 4th John C. Mabee Stakes 2 $200,000 3YO & up Fillies & Mares Turf 1 1/8 Miles
Sun. Sep. 5th Del Mar Debutante 1 $300,000 2YO Fillies Dirt 7 Furlongs
Mon. Sep. 6th Runhappy Del Mar Futurity 1 $300,000 2YO Dirt 7 Furlongs
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Laurie Ross
Laurie is a handicapper, pedigree consultant, and published author. Her work has been featured on numerous prominent racing websites and she is a reoccurring guest on sports radio programs. She is also a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association. Her yearly publications contain tremendous insight and value for bettors and horsemen. The Freshmen Sire Guide has received accolades from leading trainers and handicappers and her Triple Crown guides are a best-selling feature.