And They’re Off…

where the turf meets the surf

The Del Mar horse racing season has begun, the races are in full-swing and there are some exciting events in store this summer. 

Be sure to check the Events Calendar for information on the events taking place all season long. 

Highlights include:

Fridays & Select Saturdays: The Del Mar Summer Concert Series.  Featuring “4 O’Clock Fridays,” (free concerts every Friday and select Saturdays after the last race). This year’s lineup includes Weezer, ZZ Top, The B52s and more.

Saturdays & Sundays: Daybreak at Del Mar.  From 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., fans can get the inside scoop on racing, catch the morning workouts with commentary and a Q&A from trackside announcer and former jockey Jeff Bloom and enjoy breakfast at the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant for less than $10.

Sundays: Family Day. Kids can enjoy an Infield of entertainment including pony rides, playground, rides, inflatable games and more.  Special Family Fun Days take place July 25 and September 6.

July 30: Cougar Day. Miss Cougar Del Mar will be selected to reign again this year. Finalists will be announced on July 28 and the winner will be crowned during the races on July 30.

August 28: Pacific Classic Day, Craft Microbrew Festival and Local Music Showcase. The $1 Million Pacific Classic is Del Mar’s richest race of the season, makeing way for the best horses, the best jockeys and a grandstand full of serious racing fans.  Meanwhile on the Infield, 150 specialty microbrews will be on tap while local bands perform throughout the day.

September 6: Wiener Dog National San Diego Finals. Labor Day brings some of the season’s most festive crowds and this year, fans can watch horse and dog races as local pups race to be the fastest Wiener dog in San Diego. 

Money Saving Tips:

Every Racing Day: Become a member of the Diamond Club.  It’s free and simple to sign up onsite and membership grants half-off admission any day of the season. 

Wednesdays: Free and Easy Wednesdays. Diamond Club members receive free grandstand admission, a complimentary reserved seat, a free program and half-priced beer, soda and hot dogs in Stretch Run concessions.

July 22 and September 2: Senior Day. All seniors 62 and over receive free Stretch Run admission, a free official program and a free reserved seat when they present their I.D. at designated Stretch Run Admission Gates.

The Del Mar horse races happen Wednesday through Sunday, now until September 8.  Post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m.

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I’m a Nor Cal girl loving my Sol Cal world. I have a passion for fashion but can’t ever quite afford it. I love to laugh and often crack myself up. I hang with the guys and gossip with the girls. I like to wear my stunna shades at night.

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