The eight week Del Mar season has come to a close. The last races were held on Labor Day and the 82nd summer season set a Del mar record for daily average wagering at $18.38 million. This is the highest in the track's entire history. Last year's "stuck at home" numbers were pretty impressive at $17.32 million, but fans were obviously very happy to be back in the action live and really turned out for it.
"Terrific, simply terrific," said Del Mar CEO Joe Harper. "We had our fans come back this year and we put on a show of shows for them. The racing was first-rate, the wagering was over the moon and Del Mar was Del Mar again in all its glory. Special, very special."
TRIPOLI was voted horse of the meeting after winning the 31st running of the TVG Pacific Classic. He was also voted top older horse for the 2021 season at Del Mar in a vote by the media. Winning gave him an automatic spot in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
GOING GLOBAL was voted unanimously as the top 3-year-old filling of the meet after winning the Grade 1 $300,000 Del Mark Oaks.
DR. SCHIVEL, who won the Grade 1 $300,000 Bing Crosby just barely took the title for top sprinter over GINOBILI.
UNITED was the top grass horse for his win in the Grade 2 $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes, just edging out MO FORZA and ASTRONAUT.
In the top 3-year-old division, NONE ABOVE THE LAW edged out MEDINA SPIRIT with wins in the Real Good Deal and Grade 2 $250,000 Del Mar Derby.
SHEDARESTHEDEVIL was voted top older filly or mare for winning the Grade 1 $300,000 Clement L Hirsch Stakes.
GRACE ADLER and PINEHURST took the honors in the juvenile divisions winning the TVG Del Mar Debutante and the Runhappy Del mar Futurity. Both are trained by Bob Baffert.
As for jockeys and trainers, Flavien Prat and Peter Miller were on top. Prat notched his third straight riding title and fifth, solo or shared, in the last six season, despite missing parts of the meet while competing in major stakes at Saratoga or Arlington Park. Prat finished with 47 wins out of 176 mounts and $3,672,438 in purses.
Peter Miller edged out Bob Baffert with 26 wins from 144 starters with purses of $1,888,594. Bob Baffert finished with 20 wins from 65 starts and $1,516,800 in purses.
Hronis Racing were the leading owners of the 2021 Del Mar summer meet, both in wins and purses. They had 8 wins from 37 starts with $1,021,440 in purses. This is the sixth time they have been the leading owners for money won.