Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: Opening Day at the Del Mar Races 2018 is July 18th

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Opening Day at the Del Mar Races 2018 is July 18th

The 2018 Del Mar Races Open on Wednesday July 18th

 

The 2018 thoroughbred racing season at the Del Mar Race Track is almost here, with Opening Day less than 2 weeks away.

 

Thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Race Track opens Wednesday July 18 at the famed Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar California, running through September 3rd, with the exception of Mondays (other than the final day, Labor Day) and Tuesdays.

 

horse racing at Del Mar on opening day

 

Del Mar horse racing is a hugely popular event for residents and visitors alike, with enthusiasts from all over Southern California, and the country. Thoroughbred racing has been popular at the Del Mar race track for decades, with big crowds, and plenty of famous and not so famous people.

 

Thoroughbred racing has always been a favorite scene to spy Hollywood celebrities, and the Del Mar Races are still a popular celebrity-sighting venue each summer. This is especially true on Opening Day, which many San Diegans consider THE social event of the summer season.

 

Opening Day includes the ever-popular and uniqueOpening Day Hats Contest” where you can show off your hat in the Plaza de Mexico between 11:30 and 3; there is no cost to take part, you just need a great hat! Cash prizes totaling more $5000 are awarded in 5 categories - Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Best Flowers.

 

Post time is 2 pm (4 pm on Fridays)! Gates open 2 hours beforehand – get there early, as you can expect parking to get crowded. Another option is to take the Coaster Train to the Solana Beach Train Station, with free shuttles to and from the track on double-decker busses. There’s also an Uber Zone for drop-offs and pick-ups at the track.

 

In addition to the ponies, there are multiple concerts, parties, and other special events including Family Fun Day on July 22, the Craft Beer Festival on Saturday August 18th and the Turf & Surf BBQ Championship on August 19th.

 

In the last several years a shorter racing season has been added, and in 2018 runs from November 9th through the December 2nd (no racing Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

 

You can purchase tickets online.

 

As with the San Diego County Fair you can anticipate heavy race track traffic when traveling the 5 freeway, and on the Coast Road, as well as major side streets like Via de la Valle, especially on opening day, in addition to the summer crowds in the Del Mar area in general.

 

Del Mar Races 2018

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard

(Via de la Valle exit off the 5 freeway)

Del Mar, California

 

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Comment balloon 15 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • July 09 2018 07:49PM

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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS, this would be a great event to attend. I'm certain it will be packed with locals and visitors. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 3 months ago

Hi Beth Atalay 

We went to Opening Day several years ago with a big group of people, courtesy of my preferred lender. It was great fun!! The crowds were amazing. It's very popular every year!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Jeff I have never seen a horse race in person, but that is on my bucket list of things to do.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 3 months ago

Hi Jeff- this sounds like something fun to attend. I'd go just to people watch!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 3 months ago

I have never had an affection for horses but we do have a racetrack in Oklahoma City built by the DeBartolo family.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 3 months ago

Morning Jeff.

I've been to one day of watching the ponies run.  I believe I spent about 20.00 and broke even.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 3 months ago

I haven't been to a horse race since I was a kid, is it expensive to just watch the races at Del Mar?  I have heard a lot about Del Mar from the sports radio show that I listen to.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 3 months ago

Some day perhaps George Souto 

The people watching is pretty amazing Kathy Streib  especially on Opening Day. It's an all-day party!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Hi Joe Pryor 

I get that. It's not something I have done on more than 3 or 4 occasions in my life!!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

That's not too bad James Dray 

Much better than the alternative.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Hi Brian England 

Del Mar is pretty popular - there is an amazing array of events there throughout the year - expos, races, concerts, the county fair, and the list goes on.

Prices start at $5 to get in the door ( more for the clubhouse area, of course) and there are additional charges for seating in different areas. So you can do if fairly cheaply or easily spend $50 or so not counting food and beverages.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

 We went to the track in Arlington Park (Illinois) a couple weeks ago with friends...and have decided to make it an annual event..lots of fun !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 3 months ago

Wow, I had no idea you had horse racing near you. I know people that still drive hours to see the races.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 3 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

I know people who go regularly and have for many years!  The races here are very popular! Sounds like another networking opportunity for you!!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds 

The Del Mar Races are a big deal here and have been for decades. There are people from all over the country, and locals rent their houses out for big bucks during racing season.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

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