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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org for general information.
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