Del Mar Releases Fall Condition Book


Del Mar released the first condition book for the seventh Bing Crosby Season, an eight-day book that will cover the first half of the 15-day meeting, which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 29. The condition book is available on-line at Hard copies also are being distributed at racing centers throughout California.

“Our fall meet has just gotten better and better as we've gone along,” said Del Mar's racing secretary David Jerkens. “We're again putting the emphasis on the two things that have worked very well for us in the recent past–turf racing and 2-year-olds. This first book will get our horsemen through the initial three weekends, then we'll be out with a seven-day one that will take us to the finish.”

The track will offer 16 stakes worth $2,250,000 during the meet, including nine graded events, headed by the GI Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds Nov. 28 and GI Matriarch S. for older fillies and mares Nov. 29. The meeting will also feature six stakes for juvenile runners, including a pair of graded grass miles. Additionally, overnight purses will rise by 10% across the board this fall.

Racing will be conducted Saturday and Sunday to open the session, then Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the following three weeks. It will conclude with a four-day week kicked off by the Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. First post will be 12:30 p.m. daily with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, which will offer an early 11 a.m. post.

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