Del Mar Records Strong Across the Board Gains


Del Mar Scenic Horsephotos

The first half of Del Mar's 83rd summer season has been highlighted by 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 average of 8.45. 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. 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.

Total on-track attendance of 155,917 through 15 days is a substantial increase of 24% from last year over the same time period.

“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.”

Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the daily PDF or alerts.

Liked this article? Read more like this.

  1. Offield Saddles a Final Winner–from the Hereafter
  2. SoCal Dates Set; Cal Expo Could Race Nights in '23
  3. Del Mar CEO Joe Harper Talks Banner Summer Meet On Writers' Room
  4. Del Mar Summer Meet Set New Records on Multiple Fronts
  5. Cave Rock Rolls in Runhappy Del Mar Futurity

Never miss another story from the TDN

Click Here to sign up for a free subscription.