Ship and Win Program Returns to Del Mar With New Bonus for Claimed Horses

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Del Mar | Benoit

The highly successful “Ship and Win” program is back for its 10th season at Del Mar with its guaranteed bonus package and purse incentives to all horsemen who import out-of-state runners to race at the shore oval in 2020.

The “Ship and Win” program, initially started in 2011, offers all qualifying runners an automatic “first start” check for $2,000, then further provides a 20% bonus payment on top of whatever purse monies (first through fifth) they earn in that start, excluding stakes races. Those 20% purse bonuses apply for all subsequent starts at the Del Mar summer meet, besides.

Additionally, a new twist in the program states that if a qualifying horse is claimed, the original owner will receive purse bonuses in any following Del Mar starts.

“'Ship and Win' has been a winner since Day One,” noted Del Mar's racing secretary, David Jerkens. “We hope to lure new outfits to Del Mar with it, but we also strongly encourage our own owners and trainers to go out and get horses from outside California and bring them on board. These horses add spice to our Del Mar fields and they invariably go on to add backbone to racing cards up and down the state.”

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