The Breeders’ Cup Championships takes place at Del Mar racecourse in 2017. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita saw the incredible showdown between fan favourite California Chrome and the stable mate of American Pharaoh, Arrogate. The race was electric with Arrogate narrowly taking the victory from California Chrome in the final straight in the feature $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in one of 13 championship races that totalled $26 million in prize money.
How to find us
Both Amtrak and Coaster (local commuter) trains stop at the nearby Solana Beach station. Del Mar provides a free shuttle(Double Decker buses) to and from the track. Get off at the Solana Beach station and look for the free double decker buses.
Service from Escondido to Del Mar / Solana Beach.
20 miles north on the I5 from San Diego Intl Airport (SAN). 100 miles south of Los Angeles Intl Airport (LAX) via 405 to I5.
Exit Via de la Valle and head west to the Racetrack which is visible from the freeway.
What to wear
For ladies suits or daytime dresses are preferred. Slacks and tailored denim may be worn with tailored jackets.
For Gentlemen a suit or sport jacket must be worn at all times. Sport shirts and tailored denim may be worn with a sport jacket. Ties Optional.
Please note No shorts, t-shirts, athletic wear, wind-breakers, flip flops, abbreviated clothing and ripped, torn or oversized denim.
Del Mar opened in 1937 and Bing Crosby wass there to greet the first fan through the gate as Del Mar opens. In 1938 the famous Seabiscuit-Ligaroti match race is held on August 12 and it draws 20,000 to the track and a nationwide radio audience. After a furious duel, Seabiscuit under George (The Iceman) Woolf and 130 pounds beats Ligaroti and Noel (Spec) Richardson at 115 by a nose. In 1949 a young rider out of Texas sets a Del Mar record of 52 wins at the meet and becomes the first apprentice to claim the track's riding title. His name is William Lee Shoemaker, and his history and that of the track will become entwined hereafter. In 1955 an Argentinean filly named Cipria wins a maiden race by a head on September 1 and rewards her backers with $263.40 for each $2 bet to win, a Del Mar record that still stands today. In the year 2000 for the 10th year in a row, Del Mar and its satellites top the nation in daily average attendance (27,960).