DEL MAR, Calif.— The first half of Del Mar’s 83rd summer season has been highlighted by world-class safe racing, full fields, and sizeable increases in wagering and on-track attendance.
Fueled by record California purses of over $800,000 per day, field size has averaged 9.90 for turf races and 8.83 for main track events. Together they combine for a nation-leading 9.30 horses per contest, well above last year’s healthy average of 8.45.
“After four weeks we couldn’t be more pleased with our results,” said Tom Robbins, Del Mar’s Executive Vice President of Racing. “Horsemen and women’s participation has been outstanding as we continue to strive to present safe and competitive racing at the highest level. We hope all our stakeholders’ efforts have led to greater customer satisfaction and appreciation.”
Through the first 15 days of the summer season, total wagering is $297,044,168 for a daily average of $19,802,945, an increase of 6.7% from 2021. The on-track handle of $25,580,826 represents growth of 12.7% from last year’s figures. Out-of-state numbers registered at $152,542,303, up 8.2% from 2021.
“DMTC started planning this meet after the conclusion of last year’s fall season and the results from the hard work speak for themselves,” said Thoroughbred Owners of California Chairman, Gary Fenton. “This is the best start to a race meet I’ve seen in years. Bodes very well for the remainder of the year in California.”
Del Mar’s loyal fanbase has soaked up the highly competitive racing action and total attendance of 155,917 through 15 days is a substantial increase of 24% from last year over the same time period.
Del Mar will commence the second half of its season Thursday with a first post of 2 p.m.
DMTC Press Release
Photo: Horses breaking from the gate at Del Mar (Benoit Photo)