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
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
• Directions, events, on-line ticket sales at the
Del Mar Web Site.