Del Mar's eighth fall meeting–starting Wednesday, Nov. 3–will offer horsemen/women a 20% blended raise in overnight purses compared to last year, as well as a continuation of the popular 'Ship & Win' program that has amplified field size and year-round horse population at the track and in the state, Del Mar announced Tuesday.
The 15-day stand, which will run through Sunday, Nov. 28, includes the 38th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championships Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6.
“Our summer meet was extraordinary on all fronts,” said track vice president and racing secretary David Jerkens. “Our racing was just about the best we've ever seen here and our 'Ship & Win' program continues to give Del Mar–and California racing–a tremendous boost.”
Among the all-inclusive increases in purse values during the upcoming four-week session will be the following:
- Maiden Special Weight races jump from $57,000 to $70,000.
- First-level allowance races rise from $59,000 to $72,000.
- $16,000 claimers will now race for $30,000 instead of $26,000.