$1-Million Pacific Classic Tops Del Mar's Summer Meet

Del Mar | Benoit

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has scheduled a 31-day/39 stakes program topped by its premier offering–the 34th running of the $1-million GI FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic slated for Saturday, Aug. 31.

Del Mar is also projecting a total purse distribution of more than $26.6 million over the course of the eight-week season.

The shore oval's 85th summer session staged alongside the blue Pacific opens Saturday, July 20 and races ahead to Sunday, Sept. 8.

The Pacific Classic will be the highlight of a rich afternoon that will feature five graded stakes, including the GII Del Mar H. and the GII Del Mar Mile.

All told, there will be $7,875,000 in stakes purses available, notable among them six Grade I presentations. Along with the Pacific Classic, the other Grade Is are the Bing Crosby S. (July 27); the Clement L. Hirsch S. (Aug. 3); the Del Mar Oaks (Aug. 17); the FanDuel Racing Del Mar Debutante (Sept. 7), and the Del Mar Futurity (Sept. 8).

“We're extremely pleased with the racing program we're offering this summer,” said Del Mar vice president and racing secretary David Jerkens. “Our horsemen and horsewomen have been extremely supportive of our race meets and we look forward to working with them on another successful season.”

Del Mar will be the host track for this year's renewal of the Breeders' Cup Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2.

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