Del Mar And Saratoga Set To Begin 2012 Meets

DEL MAR, CA - JULY 20: A general view of the pack coming out of turn four into the front stretch with the grandstands in the background during Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 20, 2005 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

It's that time of year already - time for the start of the Del Mar and Saratoga meets. Down in San Diego, Del Mar is the first to open it's gates on Wednesday, July 18th at 2:00pm Pacific. The track will begin at 4:00pm on all Fridays during the meet, which means I see a lot of Del Mar Friday Night Lights on the horizon. The Del Mar meeting will run until September 5th and will feature racing five days a week (dark on Mondays and Tuesdays). The entire Del Mar meet can be viewed on TVG.

Saratoga opens it's 144th season on Friday, July 20th with a 1:00pm Eastern post time and will race six days a week until September 3rd (dark on Tuesdays). The track will offer a special 2:30pm post time on Friday, July 27th and Friday, August 31st. All races from Saratoga can be viewed on either HRTV or TVG, with special Summer at Saratoga programs on NBC throughout the meet.

Opening day at Del Mar features the split division Oceanside Stakes, a $100,000 one mile turf race for three-year-old non-winners of $50,000 in 2012. The first division, race 6, contains an interesting shipper from Italy, 4-Facoltoso (GB) (8/1), recently sixth in the G3-Italian 2000 Guineas. The second division (race 9) is led by 9-Holy Candy (9/5), another son of Candy Ride (ARG) bred and owned by Jenny Craig. Holy Candy finished 3rd in the G3-Affirmed in his last start and was 4th in the G1-Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in mid-April. This will be Holy Candy's first try on the turf.

I'll take an in-depth look at the opening day Del Mar card tomorrow Wednesday morning.

Below is the full stakes calendar for the 2012 Del Mar and Saratoga meets.

Date Track Race Gr. Age Sex State Dist. Surf. Purse
18-Jul DMR Oceanside 3yo 8.0 Turf 100,000
20-Jul SAR Schuylerville 3 2yo f 6.0 Dirt 150,000
20-Jul SAR James Marvin 3 3&up 7.0 Dirt 100,000
20-Jul DMR CTBA 2yo f 5.5 Poly 100,000
21-Jul SAR TVG CCA Oaks 1 3yo f 9.0 Dirt 300,000
21-Jul DMR Osunitas 3&up f&m 8.5 Turf 85,000
21-Jul DMR Eddie Read 1 3&up 9.0 Turf 300,000
22-Jul SAR Sanford 2 2yo 6.0 Dirt 200,000
22-Jul DMR California Dreamin' 3&up CA 8.5 Turf 100,000
22-Jul DMR San Clemente 2 3yo f 8.0 Turf 150,000
23-Jul SAR Evan Shipman 3&up NY 9.0 Dirt 100,000
25-Jul SAR Lake George 2 3yo 8.5 Turf 200,000
25-Jul DMR Wickerr 3&up 8.0 Turf 85,000
26-Jul SAR Quick Call 3yo 5.5 Turf 100,000
27-Jul SAR Curlin 3yo 9.0 Dirt 100,000
27-Jul DMR Cougar II 3 3&up 12.0 Poly 100,000
28-Jul SAR Diana 1 3&up f&m 9.0 Turf 600,000
28-Jul SAR Jim Dandy 2 3yo 9.0 Dirt 600,000
28-Jul DMR Fleet Treat 3yo f CA 7.0 Poly 200,000
28-Jul DMR San Diego 2 3&up 8.5 Poly 200,000
29-Jul SAR Amsterdam 2 3yo 6.5 Dirt 200,000
29-Jul DMR Bing Crosby 1 3&up 6.0 Poly 300,000
30-Jul SAR Caress 3&up f&m 5.5 Turf 200,000
Aug. 1 SAR John Morrissey 3&up NY 6.5 Dirt 100,000
Aug. 1 DMR Graduation 2yo CA 5.5 Poly 100,000
Aug. 10 SAR National Museum of Racing HOF 2 3yo 8.5 Turf 200,000
Aug. 10 DMR Daisycutter 3&up f&m 5.0 Turf 85,000
Aug. 11 SAR Fourstardave 2 3&up 8.0 Turf 500,000
Aug. 11 DMR La Jolla 2 3yo 8.5 Turf 150,000
Aug. 12 SAR Adirondack 2 2yo f 6.5 Dirt 200,000
Aug. 12 SAR Saratoga Special 2 2yo 6.5 Dirt 200,000
Aug. 12 DMR John C. Mabee 2 3&up f&m 9.0 Turf 250,000
Aug. 13 SAR Coronation Cup 3yo f 5.5 Dirt 100,000
Aug. 15 SAR Troy 3&up 5.5 Dirt 100,000
Aug. 15 DMR Green Flash 3&up 5.0 Turf 85,000
Aug. 16 SAR West Point 3&up NY 8.5 Turf 150,000
Aug. 17 SAR Yaddo 3yo f&m NY 8.5 Dirt 150,000
Aug. 17 DMR Sandy Blue 3yo f 8.0 Turf 85,000
Aug. 18 SAR Alabama 1 3yo f 10.0 Dirt 600,000
Aug. 18 SAR Sword Dancer 1 3&up 12.0 Turf 600,000
Aug. 18 DMR Del Mar Oaks 1 3yo 8.0 Turf 100,000
Aug. 19 SAR Lake Placid 2 3yo f 9.0 Turf 200,000
Aug. 19 DMR Rancho Bernardo 3 3&up f&m 6.5 Poly 150,000
Aug. 19 DMR Solano Beach Hcp. 3&up f&m CA 8.0 Turf 100,000
Aug. 2 SAR A.P. Smithwick Steeplechase 2 4&up 16.5 Turf 100,000
Aug. 20 SAR Union Avenue 3&up f&m NY 6.0 Dirt 100,000
Aug. 22 SAR Albany 3yo NY 9.0 Dirt 150,000
Aug. 23 SAR NY Turf Writer's Steeplechase 1 4&up NY 19.0 Turf 150,000
Aug. 24 SAR Ballerina 1 3&up f&m 7.0 Dirt 500,000
Aug. 24 DMR CTT and TOC Hcp. 3&up f&m 11.0 Turf 85,000
Aug. 25 SAR Ballston Spa 2 3&up f&m 8.5 Turf 250,000
Aug. 25 SAR Travers 1 3yo 10.0 Dirt 1,000,000
Aug. 25 SAR Test 1 3yo f 7.0 Dirt 500,000
Aug. 25 SAR Foxwoods King's Bishop 1 3yo 7.0 Dirt 500,000
Aug. 25 DMR Del Mar Hcp. 2 3&up f&m 11.0 Turf 85,000
Aug. 26 SAR Personal Ensign 1 3&up f&m 9.0 Dirt 600,000
Aug. 26 DMR Pat O'Brien 2 3&up 7.0 Poly 200,000
Aug. 26 DMR Del Mar Mile 2 3&up 8.0 Turf 200,000
Aug. 26 DMR TVG Pacific Classic 1 3&up 10.0 Poly 1,000,000
Aug. 27 SAR Saratoga Dew 3&up f&m NY 9.0 Dirt 100,000
Aug. 29 SAR P.G. Johnson 2yo f 8.5 Turf 100,000
Aug. 29 DMR Generous Portion 2yo f CA 6.0 Poly 150,000
Aug. 3 SAR Honorable Miss 2 3&up f&m 6.0 Dirt 200,000
Aug. 3 SAR John's Call 3&up 13.0 Turf 100,000
Aug. 3 DMR Real Good Deal 3yo CA 7.0 Poly 200,000
Aug. 30 SAR With Anticipation 2 2yo 8.5 Turf 200,000
Aug. 31 SAR Riskaverse 3yo f 8.0 Turf 100,000
Aug. 31 DMR El Cajon 3yo 8.0 Poly 100,000
Aug. 4 SAR Whitney 1 3&up 9.0 Dirt 750,000
Aug. 4 SAR Prioress 1 3yo f 6.0 Dirt 300,000
Aug. 4 SAR De La Rose 2 3&up f&m 8.0 Turf 100,000
Aug. 4 DMR Clement Hirsch 1 3&up 6.5 Poly 100,000
Aug. 5 SAR Alfred G. Vanderbilt 1 3&up 6.0 Dirt 400,000
Aug. 5 DMR Best Pal 2 2yo 6.5 Poly 150,000
Aug. 6 SAR Signature Stallions Waya 3&up f&m 12.0 Turf 100,000
Aug. 8 SAR NYSS (Cab Calloway) 3yo 8.0 Turf 100,000
Aug. 8 DMR Sorrento 3 2yo f 6.5 Poly 150,000
Aug. 9 SAR NYSS (Statue of Liberty) 3yo f 8.0 Turf 100,000
Sep. 1 SAR Forego 1 3&up 7.0 Dirt 500,000
Sep. 1 SAR Woodward 1 3&up NY 9.0 Dirt 750,000
Sep. 1 SAR Bernard Baruch 2 3&up 8.5 Turf 250,000
Sep. 1 DMR Harry F. Brubaker 3&up 8.0 Poly 85,000
Sep. 1 DMR Del Mar Debutante 1 2yo 7.0 Poly 300,000
Sep. 2 SAR Spinaway 1 2yo f 7.0 Dirt 300,000
Sep. 2 SAR Saranac 3 3yo 9.0 Turf 150,000
Sep. 2 DMR Adoration 3&up f&m 8.0 Poly 85,000
Sep. 2 DMR Torrey Pines 3yo f 8.0 Poly 100,000
Sep. 2 DMR Del Mar Derby 2 3yo 9.0 Turf 300,000
Sep. 3 SAR Three Chimney's Hopeful 2 2yo 7.0 Dirt 300,000
Sep. 3 SAR Glens Falls 3 3&up f&m 11.0 Turf 150,000
Sep. 3 DMR I'm Smokin 2yo CA 6.0 Poly 150,000
Sep. 3 DMR Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf 2yo f 8.0 Turf 100,000
Sep. 3 DMR Yellow Ribbon 2 3&up f&m 8.5 Turf 250,000
Sep. 5 DMR CERF Stakes 3&up f&m 6.0 Poly 85,000
Sep. 5 DMR Pirate's Bounty 3&up 6.0 Poly 85,000
Sep. 5 DMR Oak Tree Juvenile Turf 2yo 8.0 Turf 100,000
Sep. 5 DMR Del Mar Futurity 1 2yo 7.0 Poly 300,000
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