San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, mid-July – early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.
The races run five days weekly, except Monday and Tuesday.
Horse racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday, with post time for the first race on most days at 2:00 PM. On Fridays first post is at 4:00 PM.
Thursday, July 16 marks the Opening Day for the Del Mar horse races. Celebrating its 76th season, the Del Mar race tracks run for 40 days ending on September 7th. Spectators come from all over California to watch the horse races and participate in the numerous events throughout the day. On Opening Day, fans will wear their biggest, most spectacular hats to enter in the Hat’s Contest for a chance to win up to $5,000 in prizes. Make your way down to the Del Mar race tracks to enjoy the horse races, beautiful scenery and fine dining. Below is a list of a few favorite restaurants among the locals:
Jimmy O’s Sports Bar
Del Mar, CA
Bully’s Del Mar
Del Mar, CA
Searsucker Del Mar
Racing fans will return to the improved Seaside Stage, located at the west end of the Grandstand with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and better access to concert-goer services and amenities. Catch shows held every Friday, plus select Saturdays and Sundays. Del Mar’s concerts are free with racetrack admission purchased prior to the last race, an exceptional value as admission starts at just $3 for Diamond Club members (free to sign up) and $6 without Diamond Club membership. Admission for concertgoers entering after the final race is $20
Join EC San Diego on Saturday, August 8th for a trip to the Del Mar Racetrack and Reggae Night!