Del Mar and Darley
join forces for 2009
DEL MAR Thoroughbred Club and Darley have announced a partnership starting in 2009 highlighted by the renaming of the Del Mar Debutante as the Darley Debutante.
The Grade 1 race, Del Mar's championship race for two-year-old fillies, hasbeen won by six juvenile filly Eclipse Award winners in recent years and was won last year by Stardom Bound, a solid favorite to earn an Eclipse as the latest two-year-old filly queen.
The 59th running of the race has been scheduled for Saturday, September 5 and will carry an increased prize fund of $300,000 up $50,000 from 2008. The winning owner and breeder of the Darley Debutante each will receive a free breeding season to a Darley stallion.
Darley will be involved in its first west coast sponsorship and the group is planning additional extras around the race to enhance the experience for horsemen and fans. Notable among them is that .
"We are honored and delighted to partner with the folks from Darley," said DMTC president and general manager Joe Harper. "They bring nothing but class to the table and Del Mar will be a better place for this special association."
Darley's link with Del Mar is yet another step in their all-encompassing efforts supporting the thoroughbred industry in a variety of facets while also providing Darley exposure to California's breeders, owners and trainers.
Olly Tait, chief operating officer of Darley America, said: "The opportunity at Del Mar is terrific as it not only allows us to partner with one of the country'spremier racing organisations but it also presents a fantastic way to actively engage a segment of the market very important to us and to the thoroughbred industry as a whole. We are very excited and look forward to a long relationship with Del Mar."