Del Mar established itself as a playground for the stars since 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted fans as they entered the gates. Since then, there have been celebrities attending each year.
2011 – “Started another good season the highest overnight purses in the country ($626,893 per day on average), offered a unique ‘Ship and Win’ bringing 100 new horses to Del Mar. Del Mar launched ‘Battle of the Exes’ between riders Mike Smith and Chantal Sutherland (who were once engaged) bumping attendance and bringing national attention, (Smith won it).” Last year saw single day attendance record set with 46,588.
Delmar Race Track is just 15 minutes away from Mission Beach and Mission Bay. You can either have accommodations in the Club House or sit on the infield grass, both are family friendly. Opening day is July 18th with the annual hat contest. Each Friday nights’ first race is at 4:00pm followed by concerts featuring Cake, Steel Pulse and more. Let the betting begin!