Del Mar

Del Mar

Located in the Southern California sweet spot that is the beach town of Del Mar, the historic racetrack known as Del Mar sits astride the Pacific Ocean where the dancing summer sea breezes and the sparkling sun make it everyone’s favorite place to go racing.

Twenty miles north of San Diego and 100 miles south of Los Angeles has proven just about right for the horse course founded by the show business icon Bing Crosby, who brought along all his Hollywood pals to “race all day and party all night” at a place “where the turf meets the surf.” Crosby even arranged a Del Mar match race with America’s favorite racehorse, Seabiscuit, and the South American champion Ligaroti, then broadcast it coast to coast on the country’s No. 1 radio show – his own on NBC. “The Biscuit” wound up winning a hellacious battle by a nose in “the race that put Del Mar on the map.”

Down through the years the track has proven to be a launching pad of champions. For testimony, look no further than the last three winners of the Kentucky Derby (California Chrome, American Pharoah and Nyquist among a dozen others): they each used the Del Mar Futurity as a kickoff to the Roses and stardom. The $1-million Pacific Classic – Del Mar’s showcase race – has evolved into one of racing’s grand jewels pitting champion against champion.

Now Del Mar will get to serve for the first time as home for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will present its 34th edition on November 3 and 4, 2017. The showcase that is Del Mar and the showcase that is the Breeders’ Cup – both offering terrific racing, parties and events galore – seem a natural together. 2017 will be a first, but it could be the first of many.

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