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Del Mar Races 2012 Guide

July 17, 2012
Del Mar Races

(Courtesy Photo: Del Mar Scene)

There’s nothing quite like watching the ponies at the Del Mar Race Track. If you love horse racing, you know that Del Mar is one of the best places to enjoy live horse races.

The Del Mar Racing Season  runs from July 18, 2012 to September 5, 2012.

NOTE: No races on Tuesdays.

Call to Post: Trumpet Fanfare- Click Here!


Del Mar post time is 2 p.m. – You can find extensive information on all the special events and promotions at the official site for the  2012 Del Mar Races information here. Check out this direct link to find out more about the Del Mar Races’ ticket information.

Folks that stay around after the races on Fridays get to hear live music at the very popular summer concert series called Del Mar Concert Series. The price of admission? It’s FREE for race day patrons! That’s a sure bet!

Parking during the racing season is $10 for general parking. 

Valet and preferred parking are available, but at a higher price ($20.00) – the parking attendants will have more information.


The Del Mar Race track , opened in 1937, was the mecca for Hollywood back in the early days. Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien were practically residents of the racetrack. Crosby was very instrumental in bringing those contracted at Paramount Studios to Del Mar. Back in the day, Jimmy Durante played piano (and has a street named after him), and Pat O’Brien was on the original Board of Directors.

Stars like Betty Grable, Harry James, Dorothy Lamour, W. C. Fields, Paulette Goddard, Edgar Bergen, June Haver, Ann Miller, Don Ameche, Ava Gardner, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, George Jessel, Mickey Rooney, and Red Skelton came to Del Mar each year. Many would stay at Bing Crosby’s San Diego ranch. Rumor has it that Bob Hope and Bing Crosby got the idea of their road-trip movies from sitting up in the Turf Club at the track.

In essence, Hollywood gave shimmer and shine to Del Mar & Hollywood helped make Del Mar famous. The years have passed (75 years!) and the stars of old have faded away. Regardless, Del Mar still is a great experience in a beautiful setting. The cheering of the crowd during each race heightens the excitement whether you bet on a horse or don’t. Your surest bet at Del Mar is that there isn’t another track like it in the whole wide world of sports.

The slogan, “WHERE THE TURF MEETS THE SURF” has been used ever since Johnny Burke, Bing Crosby, and James V. Monaco wrote a song for Del Mar:

Listen to the Song! Click Here!
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Where the turf meets the surf

down at old Del Mar

take a plane

take a train

take a car.

There is a smile on every face

and a winner in each race

where the turf meets the surf

at Del Mar.

TIP! Now, if you just love horses, early mornings, and gambling is or is not your thing, be sure to check out Daybreak at Del Mar each Saturday and Sunday during racing season. Arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. for a breakfast track-side at the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant overlooking the stretch and watch the magnificent horses go through their daily morning work-outs. For $9.95, you get a breakfast buffet with coffee or juice. The experience: priceless.

Jeff Bloom, a former jockey gives information and commentary on horse-racing and specific horses out on the track each Daybreak at Del Mar morning. Best of all, you can ask Jeff questions about the horses and about racing in general. He is a very affable host. Most San Diegans and even track-goers don’t know about this special offering each weekend. It is not well-publicized and it should be in our humble opinion. It truly is a special thing to do.

Plus, Daybreak at Del Mar customers will have the parking price deducted off the price of the breakfast for those buying two or more meals. Park in the main lot off Jimmy Durante Blvd., then proceed through the Clubhouse entrance to the second floor.

Directions to Del Mar

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