Del Mar Racetrack Celebrates 75 Years of World-Class Entertainment

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The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club celebrates 75 years as a world-class racing and entertainment destination this summer. The seaside track’s seven-week meet will commence on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

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The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will celebrate 75 years as a world-class racing and entertainment destination this summer. The seaside track’s seven-week meet – filled with fast horses, free concerts and big weekend events – will commence on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

One of summer’s most anticipated happenings – Opening Day at Del Mar – is likely to welcome more than 46,000 celebrities, socialites and party-goers to the track to kick off the season, highlighted by “The One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest,” showcasing Southern California’s wildest and most glamorous chapeaus.

The track celebrates its 75-year anniversary on Saturday, July 21 with gifts for all in attendance. Every 75th person through the gates will receive a $75 voucher to spend at the track, and everyone will receive two passes for a return trip to Del Mar. Fans also will be able to purchase a signed copy of “Del Mar at 75” – a gorgeous coffee table book of photography chronicling the history of the famed track.

Besides world-class Thoroughbred racing, Del Mar is known for its incredible lineup of summer entertainment. This season the track again will welcome big name performers to the Seaside Stage for its Summer Concert Series. Race-goers can enjoy free shows from a lineup of performers including Ben Harper, Cake and Ziggy Marley, as well as this year’s special Latin concert with Los Tucanes de Tijuana on Sunday, July 29.

The first-ever Del Mar Paddock Sale will take place Sunday, July 22 right after the races. The auction of ready-to-run Thoroughbreds will include a festive Paddock party rivaling some of Del Mar’s most exciting celebrations. The paddock sale will be newcomer friendly and includes a seminar for first-time owners that morning.

Also new to Del Mar this season: A first-ever military fly over on Opening Day; a barbecue competition (date to be announced); and the grand opening of 17 Hands – a new craft beer and gourmet tacos restaurant. The 2012 season event calendar also will feature fan favorites such as the Miss Cougar Del Mar Contest (July 27), Gourmet Food Truck Festival (July 28), several microbrew festivals and the annual Reggae Concert and Beer Fest (Sept. 1).

The track’s Family Fun Day will take place Sunday, July 29, but families can get their share of the action and enjoy kid-friendly activities every Saturday and Sunday throughout the meet. Dog lovers can cheer on the fastest dachshunds in San Diego between races during the Wiener Dog Nationals – a perennial family favorite at Del Mar on Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday, with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. On Fridays first post changes to 4 p.m. For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit You can follow Del Mar on Twitter @DelMarRacing or become a fan on Facebook at

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