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Del Mar

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Founding members of the Del Mar racetrack which opened in 1937 were Bing Crosby and Charles S Howard. In 1938 the racecourse hosted the first ever thoroughbred horse race that was broadcast live by NBC radio. This match was the famous race that took place between champions Seabiscuit and Ligaroti. Seabiscuit won the race by only a nose in front of a record breaking crowd and ensured the success of the newly opened racecourse.

Del Mar closed down for a couple of years because of the Second World War, but was open for racing by 1945. In 1946, the Bing Crosby Handicap was run for the first time and it was in that same year that the Sante Fe railroad opened a line direct to the racecourse from Los Angeles. Throughout the rest of the 1940's and during the 1950's the course offered big purses for numerous stakes races, most of which were won by celebrated jockey, Bill Shoemaker.

The summer racing season opens at Del Mar with crowds in excess of 40 000 filling the stands. Del Mar offers excellent racing and continues to be one of the leading racetracks in America.


Renovations took place at Del Mar during the 1990's. The Del Mar Fairgrounds grandstand was torn down and rebuilt; its new tan stucco replacement recognizable to fans the world over.

The 1-mile main track at Del Mar is of dirt. There is also a 7 furlong turf track. In 2007 a new Polytrack course was built for about $9m.

The racecourse is capable of stabling more than a 1000 horses.

Del Mar - Notable Races

Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap

Best Pal Stakes

Clement L. Hirsch Handicap

Del Mar Breeders' Cup Mile

Del Mar Debutante Stakes

Del Mar Derby

Del Mar Futurity

Del Mar Handicap

Del Mar Oaks

Eddie Read Handicap

John C. Mabee Handicap

Pacific Classic Stakes

Del Mar - Contact Details

Del Mar can be found at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014. It is 20 miles north from San Diego.

The telephone number is (858) 755-1141 or you can email the track on marys@dmtc.com for general information.

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