Del Mar’s 79th racing season will include some new betting wrinkles

Del Mar’s 79th racing season will include some new betting wrinkles

July 16, 2018 9:59 AM


Del Mar’s Wednesday opening for the 79th racing season will include some new betting wrinkles, the track has announced.

The .50¢ late Pick Five on the day’s final five races will now have a bonus factor tied to that could potentially means a monstrous payout for a single winner. The wager now will provide a “bonus” $1-million payout on Saturdays and Sundays – or a “bonus” $500,000 payout on weekdays to any player holding the lone winning ticket on the exotic bet.

Del Mar had introduced the single ticket “jackpot” concept to its Pick Six bet in the fall of 2016, however, the extra money for a single ticket is culled from the previous day(s) Pick Six handle.

The new late Pick Five bet ensures a minimum payout of $1-million (weekends) or $500,000 (weekdays) to a lone ticket holder by Del Mar adding additional funds to make the $1-million “bonus” payout. During the week, Del Mar would add extra monies to the payout to assure a minimum $500,000 prize is reached by a lucky single ticket holder.

The Del Mar meet runs through Labor Day Monday, September 3.

Del Mar also will feature this summer a new early .50¢ Pick Four starting on Race 2 each day and a $2 Win, Place, Show Parlay bet available for a minimum of two, and a maximum of six, races.

Racing will be held on a Wednesday through Sunday basis throughout the summer. First post is 2 p.m. for all days but Friday when the horses spring from the starting gate at 4 p.m.

More on the anxiously awaited Del Mar opening in Jon Lindo’s horseracing column in Tuesday’s print edition of Gaming Today and online at