Derby Delights: Horse Racing News and Events in San Diego (2024)

Derby Delights: Horse Racing News and Events in San Diego (2024)




Welcome to “Derby Delights,” your go-to source for the latest horse racing news and events in San Diego and beyond. Whether you’re a seasoned racing enthusiast or a newcomer, we have updates, highlights, and insider information to keep you in the loop. Let’s dive into the exciting world of horse racing!

Del Mar Racetrack: A Legacy of Excellence

2024 Season Overview

The 2024 racing season at Del Mar is split into two parts:

  • Summer Season: July 20 – September 8, 2024
  • Fall Season: October 31 – December 1, 2024

Key Events at Del Mar

Opening Day

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024

Highlights:

  • The Party: Presented by our sponsor. A day filled with style, sun, live music, and racing action.
  • Hats Contest: Create a hat worthy of Opening Day fame!
  • The Grand: Exclusive access to the Turf Club’s inner circle.
  • Champions’ Terrace: Enjoy the Champions’ Lounge overlooking the Paddock.
  • Opening Day VIP: Private party overlooking the paddock.
  • Official After Pony Party: Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort.
Opening Day




Beer Festival

Date: Sunday, July 21, 2024

Enjoy over 50 different brews, from hard-to-find specialties to local favorites.

Beer Festival

Daybreak at Del Mar

Date: Every Saturday & Sunday

Enjoy breakfast while watching morning workouts.

Daybreak at Del Mar

Free & Easy Thursdays

Date: Every Thursday

Free admission, a free seat, and 40% off Michelob Ultra.

Free & Easy




Handicapping Challenge

Date: July 27 – 28, 2024

Test your skills and win big in the Del Mar Summer Challenge.

Handicapping Challenge

Uncorked Wine Festival

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2024

Savor over 100 wines, gourmet food vendors, and live music.

Uncorked Wine Festival

Tacos & Tequila Festival

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2024

Enjoy the best tacos in town paired with exquisite tequila.

Tacos & Tequila Festival

Giveaway

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024

Receive a BC24 Collectable Cup with paid admission while supplies last.

Giveaway

Taste of New Orleans

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2024

Experience an epic celebration of food, drink, music, and fun as the South meets the West.

Taste of New Orleans




Pacific Classic

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2024

Witness Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious race, the Grade I FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic.

Pacific Classic

Pacific Classic Betting Challenge

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2024

Compete for big stakes and big rewards.

Pacific Classic Betting Challenge

Family Fun Day

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2024

Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the races.

Family Fun Day

College Day

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2024

A perfect day for college students to enjoy the races and team up for fun.

College Day

Closing Day

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2024

Don’t miss the last chance to attend the party of the summer.

Closing Day

Breeders’ Cup

Date: November 1 – 2, 2024

The Breeders’ Cup returns to Del Mar, promising thrilling races and world-class competition.

Breeders' Cup




Beyond San Diego: Horse Racing Highlights

Kentucky Derby

Date: The first Saturday in May
Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY

Preakness Stakes

Date: The third Saturday in May
Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD

Belmont Stakes

Date: Five weeks after the Kentucky Derby
Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY

Breeders’ Cup

Date: Rotates locations annually




Conclusion

Del Mar Racetrack continues to be a beacon of excitement and tradition in the horse racing world. With a packed schedule of events for 2024, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re attending Opening Day, sipping craft beers, or participating in the Handicapping Challenge, Del Mar offers an unforgettable experience.

Stay tuned to “Derby Delights” for more updates and insights into the thrilling world of horse racing. See you at the races!

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