Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

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What is the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club?

Mission Tower at Del Mar FairgroundsRace Track at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

There's nothing guaranteed to get the heart beating faster than watching your chosen thoroughbred hurtling along the turf, past the rest of the field towards the winning post.

Every summer, racing fans head towards the historic Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Racetrack in the seaside town of Del Mar. They can't wait to see the most famous horses and jockeys compete for some of the most prestigious trophies in the thoroughbred racing world with winnings up to $500,000!

Del Mar Racetrack was built by a partnership including:

  • Bing Crosby
  • Pat O'Brien
  • Gary Cooper
  • Joe E. Brown
  • Charles S. Howard
  • And Oliver Hardy

The Club opened in 1937, on the 340-acre site of the Del Mar Fairground, 20 miles north of San Diego. Between July and November each year, the nation's top racehorses, trainers, and jockeys compete for triumph in the Southern Californian sunshine.

Famous singer Bing Crosby welcomed the very first fans when the Club opened its doors. The Club's connection with Hollywood remains in evidence, with races named in honor of some of the greatest names in Tinsel Town - such as the Bob Hope Stakes, the Cecil B. de Mille Stakes, among others.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was founded in 1968 by notable California owners, breeders, and community leaders. Their main goal was to conduct a first-class horse racing meet each summer at Del Mar on its fairgrounds.

Visit and learn more about the Racetrack's fascinating history while soaking up the atmosphere! Get up close to the magnificent horses and bet on your favorites-- there's plenty of excitement to be had. It's a great day out for the whole family.

In recent years 47,000+ spectators have attended each season, with the highest handle (total value of all bets placed in one day) reaching $116,686,320!

Ticket Pricing Information

Different seasons call for different pricing options. There are several choices when it comes to admission into the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club:

  • Stretch Run Admission
  • Clubhouse Admission
  • Reserved Seating
  • Trackside Dining Seating
  • Box Seating

Whether you want to enjoy the races from a trackside dining table while enjoying delicious eats or catch the races from the second level of the Stretch Run, there are options you'll enjoy.

Each season the ticket prices change. Ensure that you check the information before you reserve your seats, so you're not surprised by a more expensive ticket.

If you sign up with the diamond club, you will receive 50% off admission every day, including opening day!

For the ultimate experience, consider staying the night at the Winners Circle Resort located right at the track. This family-friendly hotel is perfectly placed between Solana Beach and Del Mar in North County San Diego.

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What You Can Expect to See When You Visit Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

The Stands

You'll find excellent facilities in the 6-story stand. You'll have a great view of the races while enjoying a delicious meal on the Clubhouse Terrace or Del Mar Racetrack's other great dining options.

Dining options include the Stretch Run Grill, Café del Sol, First Turn Restaurant, or Il Palio. On each floor, you'll also find plenty of places to grab a coffee or snacks.

The Races

The track itself is exactly 1 mile (1.609 km) long, so there's plenty of room to get close to the action. Fans won't want to miss the most famous race at Del Mar, the TVG Pacific Classic, for runners three years and up, with a prize of $500,000.

Other 'must see' races include The Del Mar Oaks, the Bing Crosby Stakes, and the Del Mar Handicap, with purses of up to $250,000. The runners' field is first class, and the atmosphere electric.

The Breeders Cup, one of the most prestigious races in thoroughbred racing, held in the nearby Santa Anita track in 2019, will return to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in 2021.

Legendary Horses

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has a proud tradition, with some of the greatest horse racing icons competing here. Among many equine stars, in 1938, Seabiscuit, perhaps the most famous racehorse of all time, beat his rival Ligatori by a nose, after a nail-biting battle.

His courage provided a symbol of hope during the Great Depression, and his feat was later immortalized in the Hollywood movie of the same name. The Seabiscuit Stakes, one of the most popular races at the track, makes sure that his memory and spirit live on.

Programming Constantly Changes at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Keep an eye open for special events at Del Mar Fairgrounds, such as:

  • Home & garden shows
  • Antique shows
  • Silver Bay Kennel Club of San Diego
  • And the San Diego Cocktail and Spirit Festival.

Kids Will Love This Place!

Are you visiting the Racetrack with kids? It's a family-friendly day out, and tickets are free. Special fun activities for kids happen during most weekends.

Mini Tram

Even arriving at the track is fun when they take the mini tram from the parking to the entrance! Gets the visit off to a great start!

Play Area with Inflatables

After a long car journey, kids need to let off steam, and there's a variety of inflatables to bounce and slide on, so little ones and older kids can enjoy the fun.

Watch the Races

The main attraction is watching the horses' race. There's a great view from the grass area and picnic benches. Kids love picking their special horse or choosing the one with the best name and urging it on to win!

Find a spot near the finish line for the most incredible excitement - that moment when the winner passes the line is unforgettable!

Special Events

On Saturdays and Sundays, Del Mar Racetrack puts on special family-friendly activities for kids. Keep an eye open for one-off special events such as Jurassic Quest featuring a huge animatronic dinosaur, or Oz-Some, a spectacular Wizard of Oz-themed extravaganza for kids of all ages.

Local Tips
Hit the Paddock
Want to get a good look at each horse? Head to the Paddock. This is where the horses get saddled, and the jockeys mount up before each race.

Events at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Each season brings a whole program of exciting events, so plan your visit in advance and combine the races with a show or exhibition you'll love. You can check the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club website for the latest information on race schedules, concerts, and special events.

Concerts

Enjoy the beautiful sounds of music on the Seaside Stage, located at the west end of the Grandstand with stunning Pacific Ocean views. Del Mar's concerts are free with Racetrack admission of $6, providing you have entered the gates before the last race.

In previous years, the Del Mar racetrack has hosted such international superstars as Smokey Robinson and the spectacular Cirque du Soleil and gospel choirs and classical ensembles. Given the exceptional circumstances in 2020, the Club has offered innovative approaches such as the Mainly Mozart Drive-In Concert.

Features of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

There are many features to enjoy this upscale Thoroughbred Club. Enjoy some savory bites from the seafood bar at Brigantine or enjoy some delicious gourmet sandwiches from Milton's Deli.

There are many different food choices, as well as seating options. Not to mention the Club is right near Balboa Park, home to the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The location of the Club is what patrons admire most. You have everything in one area!

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Directions and Parking for the Club

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EV Charging
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Lot Parking
RV Parking
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The Del Mar Racetrack is just west of the I-5 Freeway.

From I-5, you want to exit off of Via de la Valle. Head west, and you will see signs for the Racetrack!

Parking rates are as follows:

You will be charged $10 per vehicle. Although, if you want preferred parking, it is $15.

Many people have recommended valet parking because it's much more manageable. For valet on opening day, it costs $40, and $25 for all other regular racing days.

Necessary Information You Need to Know Before You Visit

Disabled Accessibility
Disabled Accessibility
No Smoking
No Smoking
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
RVs Allowed
RVs Allowed
Stroller Accessible
Stroller Accessible
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Handicappers at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

There are several Handicappers at the Club including:

  • Brad Free DRF
  • Frank Scatoni
  • OptixEQ
  • Deuce Bruce
  • Jeff Nahill

Although this information is always subject to change as time goes on.

Handicapping is essentially calculating advantages in order to provide an equal opportunity for every contestant to win. The handicappers will often take the horse's racing form, breed, and average wins into account.

Dress Codes

Each section of the Club has a different required dress code. This can include suits or sports jackets for men, and daytime sundresses for women. Check with the section of the Club you're interested in for the latest dress code details!

Hours of Operation

The Club is unique in the hours that they operate and open. Check the latest details to purchase your membership. Some days they will open at noon, others at 3 pm. They are also closed on select days during the week. Each week differs depending on the scheduled Del Mar race times.

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