Big Summer Racing Meet on Tap at Del Mar

Following a milestone year in 2021 featuring the return of fans, record-breaking wagering and the hosting of the Breeders’ Cup, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is poised for perhaps its greatest racing season. The 2022 summer meet will see a return to full capacity in the grandstand for the first time since 2019 and the richest purses in California history with total payouts to participating horsemen and horsewomen averaging more than $800,000 per day. Del Mar and all its excitement bursts from the gate on Opening Day, Friday, July 22 and will run through Sunday, September 11.

Known as one of Southern California’s most beloved summer events, Opening Day at Del Mar attracts thousands of locals and travelers alike. The West Coast tradition features the best in racing, fashion, food and local culture. Fans will have the opportunity to wager on ten exciting races including the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes and enter the Opening Day Hats Contest, one of the long-standing Opening Day highlights. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first post is at 2 p.m. Opening weekend will feature more high-end stakes racing on Saturday and Sunday with gates opening at noon. Del Mar will be limiting General Admission on Opening Day to enhance attendee experience – tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early to guarantee attendance.

Del Mar is also bringing back fan favorite events to the track this year with highlights including:

August 6 – Equine Art Show: Witness many of Del Mar’s talented artists, painting demonstrations and art for purchase
Aug. 13 – Uncorked: Del Mar Wine Fest: Enjoy tastings of more than 150 wines from across the globe along with gourmet food from local San Diego food vendors
Aug. 20 – Del Mar Taco & Beer Festival: From 12-4 pm, the festival features local breweries as well as tacos prepared by local food vendors. (Admission price TBD)
Sept. 4 – Family Fun Day: Bring your family to the cabana to enjoy free attractions including face painting, kid-friendly games and more
Sept. 10 – College Day: Show your student ID for free racetrack admission and exclusive access to grandstand seating
In addition to special weekend events, Del Mar offers weekly attractions including:

Del mar chantal billboardDiamond Club Free & Easy Thursdays: Free admission + seats and food + beverage specials
Taste of the Turf Club (Sundays): An exciting opportunity for non-Turf Club members to reserve a table and enjoy a locally inspired menu with the best views of the track ($125 per person)
Happy Hour (Fridays): New in 2022, get half off signature drinks until 6 pm or upgrade your experience and enjoy happy hour drinks and appetizers in the Turf Club. (Turf Club admission price TBD)
On Saturday, September 3, Del Mar will present the highlight of its summer season, the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic. The highly anticipated event showcases the nation’s leading Thoroughbreds, trainers and jockeys at the famed seaside oval.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club continues to lead the nation in horse racing safety and its highly successful protocols for equine and human athletes are considered the gold standard throughout the Thoroughbred racing industry.

Tickets for the summer season go on sale on Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at

About the 2022 Summer Racing Season
Del Mar will present its 83rd year of racing with its Summer 2022 racing season running from Friday, July 22 – Sunday, September 11. First post daily is 2 p.m. until September 1 when first post moves to 1 p.m. First post on Fridays is at 4 p.m. (exceptions being August 26, September 2 and 9 when first post shifts to 3 p.m.). For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit You can follow Del Mar on Instagram and Twitter at @delmarracing or on Facebook @DelMarRaces.

About Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Opened in 1937, San Diego’s iconic and the nation’s only seaside racetrack features the world’s top racehorses, the best in fashion and classic California culture where the “turf meets the surf.” What began as a Hollywood hotspot in the era of the racetrack’s founder Bing Crosby is now one of today’s premier Southern California summer destinations and a leader in racetrack safety.

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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