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Del Mar Race Track

Del Mar race track San Diego California

Created in 1937, The Del Mar Race Track has been the areas premier horse racing facility.  Officially name the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, most people refer to it as "where the turf meets the surf".  Its prime season is late July through early September, during the best California months.

The setup is sensational bars, balconies and people abound on gorgeous grounds in old Mexico style, all glowing under the California sunshine. There's several places to go the courtyard, the stands, the infield but there's no hurry to be in anywhere because the are all happening. Check out some tips below to make your visit a success!

Del Mar Tips Sheet

 Purchase the Clubhouse pass over the GA. For $3 extra, it doubles the access area, is less crowded and increases socializing opportunities. It's $8. For groups or a date, a reservation at one of the restaurants is recommended ($60 for table of 4 on weekends, plus admission).
Arrive by 1; races are generally 2-5 p.m.
 Get drinks from concession stands instead of the "pubs." The lines are shorter.
Bet a horse to win & place or win, place and show (called "across the board." Stay clear from trifectas and exactas; while payoffs are large, they are hard to hit.
 The handicappers, their reviews available in the free program and race forum newspaper ($4), are knowledgeable but seldom accurate in predicting race winners.
Beers are $6 for 16-ounce American, $7.50 import. A shaker of margaritas is $10.75.
 GA Parking is $5.
Small 6-pack coolers (no alcohol) and fold-up chairs allowed inside.
Directions, events, on-line ticket sales at the Del Mar Web Site.




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