There is a reason why San Diego is called "America's Finest City". True to the city's nickname, the party never stops! This July comes the 2016 Del Mar Horse Race! This is considered to be the most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities in the west. Del Mar race track "Where the Turf meets the Surf" is the second largest horse-racing venue in the western United States and over 40,000 excited horse racing fans attends the event yearly. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club opened in 1937 and has put Del Mar on the map. The event itself is a massive attraction for both locals and visitors alike and made Del Mar the summer haven of the Hollywood crowd. 

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Schedule of Activities for 2015 OPENING DAY

Opening Day Friday, July 15, 2016

 Newcomers' Seminar 

From July 15th to Sept 5th and races 5 times a week from Wednesdays to Sundays, you have plenty of time to get in and wager on your favorite horses. Doesn't even matter if you're a first timer, the event has everything you need to learn about what's hot and what's not! Newcomers can attend a seminar for beginners to learn valuable horse racing information including understanding the odds, easy handicapping methods, money management and insider racing tips. Pick up helpful materials and receive free expert selections from host Frank Scatoni and Today's Racing Digest. This happens every day in the Plaza de Mexico just inside the stretch run entrance gate. Seminar starts 1 hour before the first race.

 Opening Day Hats Contest 

Show your creativity to the world by entering in one of the following five categories: Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest/Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Flowers/All Other between 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Contest entry is free and all entrants will receive two free admission passes to return to the races. Winners in each category receive a price. 

The Grand Prize winner gets a Fairmont Grand Del Mar one-night stay and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant, featuring Chef William Bradley's multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings. A total value of more than $1,000.

First place: $300 plus StudioSavvy Gift Basket valued at $250

Second place: $200 

Third place: $100 

Click here to enter the contest online.

 

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The Party

As soon as the race wraps up, head over to the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe from 5pm to 10pm for Hats, Heels, and Hooves Opening Day After Party. Enjoy an unforgettable night and indulge yourself with fine food, spirits, and entertainment. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe will transform into an authentic Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm where guests can mingle with some of the jockeys while reveling in live entertainment by Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and DJ Scotto.  A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF), which provides financial assistance to approximately 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic, on-track injuries.”

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Del Mar Horse Racing Season is one of the biggest and most awaited event of the year. And each year, it grows more extravagant, more fabulous, more glamorous and definitely Cool As Ever!

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Concerts at Del Mar

July 2016

Cold War Kids

When: Friday, July 22 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

Fitz and the Tantrums

When: Friday, July 29 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

Reggae Fest w/ Ziggy Marley

When: Saturday, July 30 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert


August 2016

Girl Talk

When: Friday, Aug 5 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot!

When: Saturday, Aug 6 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

Chris Young

When: Friday, Aug 12 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

311 & Matisyahu

When: Saturday, Aug 13 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

Thievery Corporation

When: Friday, Aug 19 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

Pepper

When: Friday, Aug 26 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert


September 2016

The Wailers

When: Friday, Sept 2 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

Chromeo

When: Saturday, Sept 3 @ After Last Race

Where: Seaside Stage

Type: Concert

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