Del Mar Meet Starts July 29

The horses of summer will return to Del Mar racetrack on July 29, the first day of the track's 43-day summer meeting.

The $1-million Pacific Classic will be the highlight of the 26 stakes events. The Aug. 30 event will be the final race in the American Championship Racing Series and the subject of an hour-long special on ABC television, said Dan Smith, a director at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the track will present the $300,000 Del Mar Derby, a nine-furlong race for 3-year-olds, Smith said.

The Del Mar Handicap will run on Labor Day, Sept. 7, and will carry a purse of $250,000. This will be the third consecutive year for the grass challenge, Smith said.

The track also has set aside two dates for the youngsters. The Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 5 will feature 2-year-old fillies. The Futurity on Sept. 16 will be open to all 2-year-olds and will be the last race of the season.

Races will be held each day of the Del Mar season except Tuesdays. First post is at 2 p.m.

DEL MAR / 1992 STAKES SCHEDULE

Stakes schedule for Del Mar's 53rd summer season:

DATE: Wed., July 29 EVENT: Oceanside Stakes, 3YO DISTANCE: 1 Mile (T) PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Fri., July 31 EVENT: Jr. Miss Stakes, Gr. III, 2YO Fillies DISTANCE: 6 Furlongs PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Sat., Aug. 1 EVENT: Palomar Handicap, Gr. II, 3YO&up; Filliess and Mares DISTANCE: 1 1/16 Mile (T) PURSE: $100,000 DATE: Sun., Aug. 2 EVENT: Bing Crosby Handicap, Gr. III, 3YO&up; DISTANCE: 6 Furlongs PURSE: $100,000 DATE: Sat., Aug. 8 EVENT: San Clemente Handicap, 3YO Fillies DISTANCE: 1 Mile (T) PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Sat., Aug. 8 EVENT: San Diego Handicap, Gr. III, 3YO&up; DISTANCE: 1 1/8 Miles PURSE: $125,000 DATE: Sun., Aug. 9 EVENT: La Jolla Handicap, Gr. III, 3YO DISTANCE: 11/16 Miles (T) PURSE: $100,000 DATE: Wed., Aug. 12 EVENT: De Anza Stakes, 2YO DISTANCE: 6 Furlongs PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Fri., Aug. 14 EVENT: Escondido Handicap, 3YO&up; DISTANCE: 1 3/8 Miles (T) PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Sat., Aug. 15 EVENT: Ramona Handicap, Gr.I, 3YO Fillies & Mares DISTANCE: 1 1/8 Miles (T) PURSE: $300,000 DATE: Sun., Aug. 16 EVENT: Eddie Read Handicap, Gr. I, 3YO&up; DISTANCE: 1 1/8 Miles (T) PURSE: $300,000 DATE: Wed., Aug. 19 EVENT: Sorrento Stakes, Gr. III, 2YO Fillies DISTANCE: 7 Furlongs PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Sat., Aug. 22 EVENT: Rancho Bernardo Breeders' Cup Handicap Gr. III, 3YO&up;, Fillies & Mares DISTANCE: 6 1/2 Furlongs PURSE: $100,000 DATE: Sun., Aug. 23 EVENT: Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap, 3YO&up; DISTANCE: 7 Furlongs PURSE: $100,000 DATE: Fri., Aug. 28 EVENT: Balboa Stakes, Gr. III, 2YO DISTANCE: 7 Furlongs PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Sat., Aug. 29 EVENT: Del Mar Derby, Gr. II, Invitational, 3YO DISTANCE: 1 1/8 Miles (T) PURSE: $300,000 DATE: Sun., Aug. 30 EVENT: Pacific Classic, 3YO&up; DISTANCE: 1 1/4 Miles PURSE: $1 Million DATE: Sun., Aug. 30 EVENT: Del Mar Oaks, Gr. III, 3YO Fillies DISTANCE: 1 1/8 Miles (T) PURSE: $175,000 DATE: Wed., Sept. 2 EVENT: Graduation Stakes, 2YO Cal-Breds DISTANCE: 6 Furlongs PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Sun., Aug. 25 EVENT: Del Mar Oaks, Gr. III, 3YO Fillies DISTANCE: 1 1/8 Miles (T) PURSE: $175,000 DATE: Sat., Sept. 5 EVENT: Del Mar Debutante, Gr. II, 2YO Fillies DISTANCE: 1 Mile PURSE: $200,000 DATE: Sun., Sept. 6 EVENT: Chula Vista Handicap, Gr.II, 3YO&up; Fillies & Mares DISTANCE: 11/16 Miles PURSE: $200,000 DATE: Mon., Sept. 7 EVENT: Del Mar Handicap, Gr. II, Invitational, 3YO&up; DISTANCE: 1 3/8 Miles (T) PURSE: $300,000 DATE: Sat., Sept. 12 EVENT: Osunitas Handicap, 3YO Fillies & Mares DISTANCE: 11/16 Miles (T) PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Sun., Sept. 13 EVENT: Del Mar Budweiser Breeders' Cup, Gr. II, 3YO&up; DISTANCE: 1 Mile PURSE: $200,000 DATE: Mon., Sept. 14 EVENT: C.T.B.A. Stakes, 2YO Cal-Bred Fillies DISTANCE: 6 Furlongs PURSE: $75,000 DATE: Wed., Sept. 16 EVENT: Del Mar Futurity, Gr. II, 2YO DISTANCE: 1 Mile PURSE: $200,000

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