04/07/2006 12:00AM

Stakes purses hit a record $7.15M

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Del Mar has increased the purses of four graded stakes and created a turf stakes for California-breds for its upcoming meeting, which runs from July 19 to Sept. 6.

The 30-race stakes schedule will offer record purses of $7.15 million. Last year, the track offered 29 stakes worth a then-record $6.675 million.

The most significant increase is a $100,000 boost for the $400,000 Del Mar Oaks, a Grade 1 on Aug. 19. Three stakes were given $50,000 increases - the $300,000 San Diego Handicap on July 22, the $200,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 18, and the $400,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Mile on Aug. 26. The Del Mar BC Mile, run on turf, was formerly named the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Del Mar's richest race is the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20.

The $125,000 California Dreamin' Handicap for California-breds at 1 1/16 miles on turf on Aug. 4 is a new addition to the schedule.

In a slight change to the schedule, the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies has been moved back a week, and will be run on Labor Day, Sept. 4. The $400,000 Del Mar Derby, run in recent years on Labor Day, will be run on Sept. 3.

The published schedule does not include 12 overnight races worth $85,000 each. The details of those races will be finalized in early summer, according to director of racing Tom Robbins.

2006 stakes schedule

Wed.,July 19Oceanside Stakes 3YO1 mile (T)$100,000
Fri.,July 21CTBA Stakes2YO F*5 1/2 furlongs125,000
Sat.,July 22John C. Mabee Handicap (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)400,000
Sat.,July 22San Diego Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles300,000
Sun.,July 23Fleet Treat Stakes3YO F*7 furlongs100,000
Sun.,July 23Eddie Read Handicap (G1)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)400,000
Wed.,July 26Graduation Stakes2YO*5 1/2 furlongs125,000
Sat.,July 29San Clemente Handicap (G2)3YO F1 mile (T)150,000
Sun.,July 30Bing Crosby Handicap (G1)3YO & Up6 furlongs300,000
Fri.,Aug. 4California Dreamin' Handicap 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles (T)125,000
Sat.,Aug. 5Sorrento Stakes (G3)2YO F6 1/2 furlongs150,000
Sun.,Aug. 6Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles300,000
Fri.,Aug. 11Real Good Deal Stakes3YO*7 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Aug. 12La Jolla Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
Sun.,Aug. 13Best Pal Stakes (G2)2YO6 1/2 furlongs150,000
Fri.,Aug. 18Rancho Bernardo Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs200,000
Sat.,Aug. 19Del Mar Oaks (G1)3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)400,000
Sun.,Aug. 20Pacific Classic (G1)3YO & Up1 1/4 miles1,000,000
Sun.,Aug. 20Pat O'Brien BC Handicap (G2)3YO & Up7 furlongs300,000
Sat.,Aug. 26Del Mar BC Mile (G2)3YO & Up1 mile (T) 400,000
Sun.,Aug. 27Del Mar Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)250,000
Wed.,Aug. 30Generous Portion Stakes2YO F*6 furlongs100,000
Fri.,Sept. 1Torrey Pines Stakes3YO F1 mile100,000
Sat.,Sept. 2El Cajon Stakes3YO1 mile100,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Palomar BC Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)200,000
Sun.,Sept. 3Solana Beach HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*1 mile (T)125,000
Sun.,Sept. 3Del Mar Derby (G2)3YO1 1/8 miles (T)400,000
Mon.,Sept. 4Del Mar Debutante (G1)2YO F7 furlongs250,000
Mon.,Sept. 4I'm Smokin Stakes2YO*6 furlongs100,000
Wed.,Sept. 6Del Mar Futurity (G2)2YO7 furlongs250,000