02/27/2004 12:00AM

Derby up to $400k


Del Mar has increased the value of three major races for its 43-day 2004 meeting, which runs from July 21 to Sept. 8. The meet will offer record stakes purses of $6,325,000.

The largest increase is for the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby, to be run Sept. 6 at 1 1/8 miles on turf with a purse of $400,000 - a rise of $100,000 from recent years.

The Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap over six furlongs on July 25 has been awarded Grade 1 status and has been increased by $50,000, to $250,000. The American Graded Stakes Committee announced last year that all Grade 1 races must carry a minimum purse of $250,000.

The Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap over seven furlongs on Aug. 15, the meeting's second major sprint, has been increased by $50,000, to $200,000.

The richest race of the meeting again will be the $1 million Pacific Classic, on Aug. 22.

There are six Grade 1 stakes, including three at 1 1/8 miles on the turf course * the $400,000 John Mabee Handicap for fillies and mares on July 24, the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap on July 25, and the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Aug. 21.

Last year, the Del Mar Oaks was run on the same day as the Pacific Classic, but this year the Oaks will be the feature race on a program that includes the Rancho Bernardo Handicap for female sprinters.

2004 Del Mar Park stakes schedule

Wed.July 21OCEANSIDE STAKES 3YO1 Mile (T)$100,000
Fri.July 23CTBA STAKES 2YO F*5 1/2 Furlongs125,000
Sat.July 24JOHN C. MABEE HCP. (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles (T)400,000
Sat.July 24FLEET TREAT STAKES 3YO F*7 Furlongs100,000
Sun.July 25BING CROSBY BC HCP. (G1)3YO & Up6 Furlongs250,000
Sun.July 25EDDIE READ HCP. (G1)3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles (T)400,000
Wed.July 28GRADUATION STAKES 2YO*5 1/2 Furlongs125,000
Sat.July 31SAN CLEMENTE HCP. (G2)3YO F1 Mile (T)150,000
Sun.Aug. 1SAN DIEGO HCP. (G2)3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles250,000
Fri. Aug. 6REAL GOOD DEAL STAKES 3YO*7 Furlongs100,000
Sat.Aug. 7SORRENTO STAKES (G3)2YO F6 1/2 Furlongs150,000
Sun.Aug. 8CLEMENT L. HIRSCH HCP. (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles300,000
Sat.Aug. 14LA JOLLA HCP. (G2)3YO1 1/16 Miles (T)150,000
Sun.Aug. 15PAT O'BRIEN BC HCP. (G2)3YO & Up7 Furlongs200,000
Sun.Aug. 15BEST PAL STAKES (G2)2YO6 1/2 Furlongs150,000
Sat.Aug. 21RANCHO BERNARDO HCP. (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 Furlongs150,000
Sat.Aug. 21DEL MAR OAKS (G1)3YO F1 1/8 Miles (T)300,000
Sun.Aug. 22PACIFIC CLASSIC (G1)3YO & Up1 1/4 Miles1,000,000
Sat.Aug. 28DEL MAR DEBUTANTE (G1)2YO F7 Furlongs250,000
Sun.Aug. 29DEL MAR HCP. (G2)3YO & Up1 3/8 Miles (T)250,000
Wed.Sept. 1GENEROUS PORTION STAKES 2YO F*6 Furlongs100,000
Sat.Sept. 4PALOMAR BC HCP. (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles (T)200,000
Sun.Sept. 5SOLANA BEACH HCP. F&M, 3YO & Up*1 Mile (T)125,000
Sun.Sept. 5DEL MAR BC HCP. (G2)3YO & Up1 Mile250,000
Mon.Sept. 6DEL MAR DERBY (G2)3YO1 1/8 Miles (T)400,000
Mon.Sept. 6I'M SMOKIN STAKES 2YO*6 Furlongs100,000
Wed.Sept. 8DEL MAR FUTURITY (G2)2YO7 Furlongs250,000

* California-breds