03/10/2005 12:00AM

Stakes purses at meet worth record $6.7 million

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Pleasantly Perfect wins last year's $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Del Mar has increased the purses of three major stakes and moved one stakes from the main track to turf for its upcoming meeting, which runs from July 20 to Sept. 7.

The meeting offers 29 major stakes worth a record total of $6,675,000.

The Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile has been switched to turf and will be worth $350,000, an increase of $100,000 from 2004. In recent years, the race has struggled to draw a decent field on the main track. The change is designed to draw from the strong cast of turf milers in Southern California.

The two major sprints at the meeting - the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap over six furlongs and the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap over seven furlongs - will be worth $300,000, the highest ever for both races.

The Bing Crosby purse has been increased $50,000, and the Pat O'Brien has been increased $100,000.

Two stakes previously run as overnight races for 3-year-olds on dirt - the Torrey Pines Stakes for fillies and the open El Cajon Stakes - have had their purses increased to $100,000.

2005 stakes schedule

DATEEVENTCONDITIONSDISTANCEPURSE
Wed.,July 20Oceanside Stakes3YO1 mile (T)$100,000
Fri.,July 22CTBA Stakes2YO F*5 1/2 furlongs125,000
Sat.,July 23John C. Mabee Handicap (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)400,000
Sat.,July 23Fleet Treat Stakes3YO F*7 furlongs100,000
Sun.,July 24San Diego Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles250,000
Sun.,July 24Eddie Read Handicap (G1)3YO & U1 1/8 miles (T)400,000
Wed.,July 27Graduation Stakes2YO*5 1/2 furlongs125,000
Sat.,July 30San Clemente Handicap (G2)3YO F1 mile (T)150,000
Sun.,July 31Bing Crosby Handicap (G1)3YO & Up6 furlongs300,000
Sat.,Aug. 6Sorrento Stakes (G3)2YO F6 1/2 furlongs150,000
Sun.,Aug. 7Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles300,000
Fri.,Aug. 12Real Good Deal Stakes3YO*7 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Aug. 13La Jolla Handicap (G2)3YO1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Sun.,Aug. 14Best Pal Stakes (G2)2YO6 1/2 furlongs150,000
Fri.,Aug. 19Rancho Bernardo Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Aug. 20Del Mar Oaks (G1)3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)300,000
Sun.,Aug. 21Pacific Classic (G1)3YO & Up1 1/4 miles1,000,000
Sun.,Aug. 21Pat O'Brien B.C. Handicap (G2)3YO & Up7 furlongs300,000
Sat.,Aug. 27Del Mar Debutante (G1)2YO F7 furlongs250,000
Sun.,Aug. 28Del Mar Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)250,000
Wed.,Aug. 31Generous Portion Stakes2YO F*6 furlongs100,000
Fri.,Sept. 2Torrey Pines Stakes3YO FOne Mile100,000
Sat.,Sept. 3El Cajon Stakes3YOOne Mile100,000
Sat.,Sept. 3Palomar B.C. Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)200,000
Sun.,Sept. 4Solana Beach HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*1 mile (T)125,000
Sun.,Sept. 4Del Mar B.C. Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 mile (T) 350,000
Mon.,Sept. 5I'm Smokin Stakes2YO*6 furlongs100,000
Mon.,Sept. 5Del Mar Derby (G2)3YO1 1/8 miles (T)400,000
Wed.,Sept. 7Del Mar Futurity (G2)2YO7 furlongs250,000

*Cal-bred