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.”