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Pacific Classic headlines Del Mar stakes

Del Mar, CA (Sports Network) - The 23rd edition of the $1 million Pacific Classic tops the 2013 stakes schedule for Del Mar Racetrack. The historic oval will offer 43 stakes worth $7.8 million.

The 74th Del Mar season will have 37 race programs beginning Wednesday, July 17 and running through Wednesday, Sept. 4.

"Good racing makes for good business which makes for good purses," noted Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's president and CEO Joe Harper. "We had such a wonderful meet in 2012 I don't know how we're going to be able to better it this time around. But with the purses we've got as a starting point, I give us a better than average chance to swing for the fences again."

The 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic will go off on Sunday, Aug. 25. Last year's edition was won by 3-year-old colt Dullahan who defeated post-time favorite Game On Dude. Game On Dude, a two-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap, has never won the Pacific Classic.

"It's special to win a race at Del Mar," said Thoroughbred Owners of California board chairman Mike Pegram. "And with the notably lucrative overnight purse structure now in place at the track, we're delighted to work in partnership with the folks at DMTC to put on one of the best shows in all of the sport."

The Pacific Classic will again be a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" race, giving the winner an automatic place in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

03/28 14:29:02 ET

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