Del Mar's horsemen earned an extra 10% payment on top of already record-breaking purse payouts as final figures became available for the track's 2012 summer racing season. The Thoroughbred Owners of California's board of directors approved the additional payout, which totaled $1,466,532.
Strong betting numbers throughout the 37-day Del Mar meet translated into a record daily average purse payment of $687,000 per afternoon, a solid boost of 9.6% over last year's previous highest-ever daily purse payments of $626,951.
"For all the owners who had horses that won overnight purse money during Del Mar’s record-breaking season, we are extremely pleased to announce such a large retroactive payment to those individuals and stables," said TOC president Lou Raffetto Jr. in a release.
The additional payment will be tacked on to all 2012 overnight purses earnings and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be issuing retro checks toward the end of October.
Overall, Del Mar’s all-sources betting tally increased 6.6%. The final figures showed a total handle of $458,519,873, for a daily average of $12,392,429.