MAR RACE TRACK
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is a prominent racing facility in Del Mar, California.
Live thoroughbred racing is held on its two tracks in a season that typically
spans July to September.
The track is a showcase of laid-back Spanish architecture and sits a short
distance from the waters of the Pacific Ocean, hence its moniker ‘the
track where the turf meets the surf’. It is located about 20 miles north
of San Diego, and 100 miles south of Los Angeles.
Del Mar has been America’s number one track in terms of attendance and
handles for more than a decade and is showing no signs of slowing. The track
holds some of the most prestigious stakes events in California. Among the events
it hosts annually include the Pacific Classic, the Bing Crosby Handicap, the
Del Mar Oaks, the San Diego Handicap and the Del Mar Futurity.
Del Mar Race Track Facts
||Track Shape: Oval
Track Length: 1
Homestretch Length: 919 feet
||Track Shape: Oval
Track Material: 1
Track Length: 919 feet
History and Milestones
1937 -- Singer Bing Crosby and Hollywood buddies including Pat O'Brien and
Jimmy Durante started a race track in a sleepy town called Del Mar. The lot
was beside the sea and they thought it was a perfect place to hold races.
1938 -- The famous Seabiscuit-Ligaroti match race was held on August 12, drawing
20,000 to the track. Seabiscuit beat Ligaroti by a nose.
1941 -- Del Mar presents its longest meet to date--32 days--and draws average
crowds of just over 7,500 daily.
Del Mar Race Track
Del Mar, California
1942-44 -- Del Mar is closed as the U.S. plunges into World War II.
1945 -- Some 20,324 fans turned out for the re-opening of the track on August
15 and bet a whopping $958,476, a Del Mar record.
1946 -- The first Bing Crosby Handicap was held.
1949 -- Texan rider Bill Shoemaker set a Del Mar record of 52 wins at the
meet and becomes the first apprentice to claim the track's riding title.
1952 -- Del Mar race track's average daily crowd climbed into the five figure
range when the 41-day meet draws 426,691, a daily average of 10,433.
1953 -- The track presented its richest stakes schedule thus far with 10 events
worth $130,000 in added money. Leading rider Bill Shoemaker won half of them.
1954 -- Bill Shoemaker won 94 races during the meet's 41-day run, a Del Mar
standard that may never be topped.
1956 -- John Longden became the world's winningest rider as he went past Sir
Gordon Richards’ record during the Del Mar Handicap on September 3 for
victory No. 4,871.
1960 -- Del Mar unveiled its brand-new seven-eighths mile turf course.
1970 -- Bill Shoemaker surpassed John Longden as the winningest rider of all
time with a win on board a filly named Dares J on September 7.
1976 -- Laffit Pincay, Jr. of Panama won six races on opening day of the meet.
He will go on to win the first of his five Del Mar riding titles.
1985 -- Del Mar completed an underground tunnel into its infield.
1987 -- Bill Shoemaker and Charlie Whittingham teamed up to win the Del Mar
Handicap. The tally is the 93rd and final stakes victory for Bill Shoemaker
at Del Mar race track.
1989 -- Del Mar became the leading track in the country for the first time
with a daily average handle of $7,320,623.
1990-2000 - Del Mar race track wielded the record for the nation’s highest
daily average attendance for a full decade. The track also routinely topped
the category for the nation’s largest daily average handle.
2001-present -- Betting levels go even higher as Del Mar
race track reaches
for greater heights.