Del Mar Sets Handle Records on Opening Day, Weekend

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Del Mar's summer meet kicked off with racing Friday through Sunday, and the oceanside oval broke an opening day handle record with $23.56 million wagered and set an average daily handle record for opening weekend of $22.35 million.

“We hoped for this kind of beginning, but it turned out even better than we thought,” said Del Mar Thoroughbred Club president Josh Rubinstein. “We've gotten terrific support from our horsemen and horsewomen, from racing fans across the country and, of course, from the horses themselves, the amazing athletes who run here. Our team feels really good about our racing surfaces and our racing office put together three spectacular programs on consecutive days to get us off to a great start.”

Added Gary Fenton, Chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, “Del Mar continues to showcase the very best of California racing. We look forward to continuing to work with the Del Mar team to highlight all the work, effort and investment that goes into putting on world-class racing in the state.”

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