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Where The Turf Meets The Surf - It's Race Season In San Diego

Del Mar Horse Track San Diego California

It's horse racing season here in San Diego with the spectacular Del Mar Racetrack hosting some of the country's top four legged competitors! There is nothing more exciting than watching horses race at Del Mar, so stand up and cheer on your favorite equine for the San Diego racing event of the year. Whether you bet $1 or $1,000 on the horses, head to Del Mar and watch them tear around the track at up to 40mph!

No matter what kind of racehorse fan you may be, there are great events that accompany this exciting time of year in San Diego. Head out to the races on opening day dressed in your best race attire (flimsy hats a must) Wednesday July 20th! With an expected 45,000 guests in attendance, this is the most fashionable and fun event of the year! Looking for some awesome entertainment after? Head to nearby luxury hotel L'Auberge Del Mar for The Opening Day After-Party!  Don't miss this fabulous once a year event with culinary treats and fantastic entertainment. Mingle with the elite at the ultra posh Opening Day After Party at L'Auberge and book a room for a gorgeous stay during race season.

Horse racing in San Diego isn't all about winning big on the ponies (although that's always fun), it's also a great time to mingle, dress up, and meet new people. The Del Mar Racetrack makes this special time of year even more exciting with nightly concerts including Ben Harper, Cake and Ziggy Marley, as well as a Beer Festival on Sept. 1st! From opening day in 1937 when guests were greeted by none other than Bing Crosby, to present day when the grandstands are full of guests of all ages dressed to impress and watch their favorite horse win, the Del Mar Racetrack is "the place to be" in San Diego during summer!

Located 20 miles north of San Diego in beautiful Del Mar, the racetrack is home to incredible beach and lagoon views. Take a seat in the gorgeous tan stucco grandstand, feast your eyes on the ponies, and enjoy the San Diego sunshine this summer at the Del Mar Racetrack. Open Wednesday - Sunday until September 5th.

Need a hotel for your stay in horse heaven San Diego? Here are a few of our favorite North County hotels:

  • L'Auberge Del Mar: Located one mile from the Del Mar Racetrack, this luxury San Diego hotel features breathtaking views of the coastline, exclusive beach access, a stylish pool bar, excellent fine-dining restaurant, full service spa, and luxurious accommodations. Not to mention, L'Auberge is the host of the annual Opening Day After Party where the "who's who" in horse racing will congregate for a night of entertainment and culinary treats. This is the top hotel for guests looking to enjoy all San Diego has to offer during race season.
  • Grand Del Mar HotelLooking for a resort experience unlike any other? Book a room at the Grand Del Mar where you can relax and rejuvenate in between exciting trips to the track. This 5-star luxury resort will blow you away with incredible amenities and services like a guided waterfall hike, full-service spa, and four heated pools.
  • Marriott Del MarThis beautiful San Diego hotel is just minutes from the track and beautiful beaches of Del Mar. Home to a stunning outdoor oasis with lounge chairs, a sparkling pool, and whirlpool hot tub, the Marriott Del Mar makes for an ideal vacation in north county San Diego.

Horse racing season is full of edge-of-your-seat excitement as guests watch horses race around the scenic Del Mar Racetrack. Come enjoy this awesome San Diego attraction this summer and partake in the opening day festivities. Bust out your favorite fancy hat, grab a cocktail, and place a few bets on the ponies this year at the Del Mar Racetrack!