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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

Sat. Jul. 17thSan Diego Handicap2$250,0003YO & upDirt1 1/16 Miles
Sun. Jul. 18thCougar II Stakes3$100,0003YO & upDirt1 1/2 Miles
Sat. Jul. 24thEddie Read Stakes2$250,0003YO & upTurf1 1/8 Miles
Sat. Jul. 24thSan Clemente Stakes2$200,0003YO FilliesTurf1 Mile
Sat. Jul. 31stBing Crosby Stakes1$300,0003YO & upDirt6 Furlongs
Sun. Aug. 1stClement L. Hirsch Stakes1$300,0003YO & up Fillies & MaresDirt1 1/16 Miles
Fri. Aug. 6thSorrento Stakes2$200,0002YO FilliesDirt6 Furlongs
Sat. Aug. 7thYellow Ribbon Handicap2$200,0003YO & up Fillies & MaresTurf1 1/16 Miles
Sat. Aug. 7thBest Pal Stakes2$200,0002YODirt6 Furlongs
Sun. Aug. 8thLa Jolla Stakes3$150,0003YOTurf1 1/16 Miles
Fri. Aug. 20thRancho Bernardo Handicap3$100,0003YO & up Fillies & MaresDirt6 1/2 Furlongs
Sat. Aug. 21stTvg Pacific Classic1$750,0003YO & upDirt1 1/4 Miles
Sat. Aug. 21stDel Mar Oaks1$300,0003YO FilliesTurf1 1/8 Miles
Sat. Aug. 21stDel Mar Mile2$300,0003YO & upTurf1 Mile
Sat. Aug. 21stDel Mar Handicap2$300,0003YO & upTurf1 3/8 Miles
Sat. Aug. 21stTorrey Pines Stakes3$100,0003YO FilliesDirt1 Mile
Sun. Aug. 22ndGreen Flash Handicap3$100,0003YO & upTurf5 Furlongs
Sat. Aug. 28thPat O’Brien Stakes2$200,0003YO & upDirt7 Furlongs
Sat. Sep. 4thDel Mar Derby2$200,0003YOTurf1 1/8 Miles
Sat. Sep. 4thJohn C. Mabee Stakes2$200,0003YO & up Fillies & MaresTurf1 1/8 Miles
Sun. Sep. 5thDel Mar Debutante1$300,0002YO FilliesDirt7 Furlongs
Mon. Sep. 6thRunhappy Del Mar Futurity1$300,0002YODirt7 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.