2024 Del Mar Horse Racing Opens July 20

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Opening Day at the Del Mar Horse Races

~ July 20, 2024 ~


Horse racing fans will be pleased 2024 thoroughbred racing season is coming soon to the Del Mar Racetrack. Opening Day is Saturday July 20.



Thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Racetrack at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will run through Sunday September 8th. Races take place Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of racing on Monday (Labor Day) September 2.


Here’s the full calendar of events and races.


Opening Day at the Del Mar Horse Races


Horse racing at Del Mar is a favorite summer event for many area residents and visitors. There are fans from around Southern California and beyond. Thoroughbred racing has been popular at the Del Mar racetrack for decades, with big crowds and plenty of famous and not so famous people.


Del Mar thoroughbred racing has been a favorite scene to see Hollywood celebrities and other glitterati for years. The 2024 Del Mar Races will certainly be the same, especially on Opening Day!


Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack includes the popular “Opening Day Hats Contest.”  Show off your hat in the Plaza de Mexico between 11:30 am and 3 pm. There is no entry fee to participate, all that’s needed is a great hat, and terrific clothes to show it off!


Del Mar Horse Racing


Don’t delay getting your Tickets for Opening Day – it’s very popular and some prime seating options are already sold out.


Hat Contest prizes totaling over $4000 will be awarded in 4 categories: Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Best Fascinator, and Best Flowers.


Race time is typically 2 pm and gates open 2 hours earlier, but see the Calendar to check on other race times as they vary. Admission tickets must be purchased in advance (they include general parking). Remember that only vehicles with all passengers holding tickets for that day will be allowed to park. You must purchase tickets online in advance.


A second and shorter horse racing season was added a few years ago. For 2024 this season is October 31st through December 1st.


You can expect heavy traffic when traveling the 5 freeway, on the Coast Road, as well as major side streets like Via de la Valle. This is true on race days but especially on opening day, in addition to the normal summer crowds in the Del Mar area.


2024 Del Mar Races

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard

(Via de la Valle exit off the I-5 freeway)

Del Mar, CA 92014

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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Jeff,

OMG my granddaughter went several times when she was going to San Diego Sate University. She loved the thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Racetrack..they had so much fun! Great event to shout out about!

Jun 19, 2024 01:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Glad to hear she had fun Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

We haven't been for a number of years but went to Opening Day a few years ago with a number of people we knew and had a blast!


Jun 19, 2024 02:17 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I have never been to a horse race, but I need to make it a point to go to experience one.

Jun 19, 2024 02:01 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi George Souto 

I hope it will happen for you some day!


Jun 19, 2024 02:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

It has been ages since we went... are you going? Here is $20 on the winner:)Endre

Jun 19, 2024 11:53 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - where the turf meets the surf.  Del Mar California is a special place.  

Jun 20, 2024 03:09 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have heard a lot of good things about Del Mar Racing, but have never been to the venue myself.

Jun 20, 2024 04:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jeff... your post reminded me that it's been more years than I can count since I've been to a race track. Do you get out to Del Mar from time to time?

Jun 20, 2024 05:07 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

That looks like so much fun, Jeff and it's in your back yard. When I lived in Colorado, we'd go to the track in Denver, what a blast!

Jun 23, 2024 05:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

We were there on Opening Day with a lender I am good friends with and a bunch of other people Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

It was great fun!


Jun 23, 2024 07:34 PM