Del Mar FAQ

When is opening day for horse racing at Del Mar in 2012?
Racing at Del Mar begins on Wednesday, July 18 with a racing schedule of 37 days ending on Wednesday, Sept. 5.  Del Mar offers live racing five days a week (off Mondays and Thursdays) and this year they are celebrating 75 years since being founded by Bing Crosby in 1937

Where is Del Mar Race Track?
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is a stone's throw away from the beach in Del Mar, Calif., just off of exit 36 on Interstate-5 and just north of San Diego. 

Why should I play the Del Mar meet?
Because as DRF's Brad Free points out in our Del Mar Players' Guide for 2012, favorites have a hard time winning on Del Mar's Polytrack surface. According to Free: "In the five summers preceding synthetic (2002 through 2006), favorites won 34.7 percent of all races on the dirt track (478 for 1,377). In the five summers on synthetic (2007 through 2011), favorites won only 30.7 percent of all races on Polytrack (396 for 1,286)." This leads to bigger payouts for winners. You can get your own copy of the Players' Guide with the Del Mar Players Guide Package.

If you like playing multi-leg wagers when you bet on horse races, then the Pick 5 should be on your radar: In its first season, the Del Mar pick-five median payoff was a phenomenal $2,923. The pick five paid more than $10,000 on seven occasions and more than $1,000 no fewer than 26 times over the 37-day season.

Where can I get everything I need for the Del Mar meet? has everything you need to handicap the races at Del Mar with our Player’s Package which includes: Past Performances for every day of the meet, DRF Game Plan with picks and analysis from our top handicappers as well as the 46-page Players' Guide with meet stats and DRF insights.


What are the biggest stakes races of the Del Mar 2012 season?
The highlight of the Del Mar racing season is the $1 million Grade 1 Pacific Classic on Aug. 26. Other Grade 1 stakes include the Eddie Read (July 21), Clement L. Hirsch (Aug. 4), Del Mar Oaks (Aug. 18), Del Mar Debutante (Sept. 1) and the Del Mar Futurity on the last day of the meet, Sept. 5.

Who are the leading trainers to watch?
Bob Baffert has to begin any discussion of California trainers to watch, and he returns to try to dominate the 2-year-old races at Del Mar once again. Other top names include all-category specialist John Sadler and 2011 training leader Mike Mitchell. Get the rundown on all the trainers to watch with Brad Free's Top 25 Trainer bios in our Del Mar 2012 Players' Guide, available now. GET THE DEL MAR PLAYERS GUIDE FOR ONLY $9.95. CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW