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Guide to the Breeders’ Cup

Breeders' Cup

Guide to the Breeders’ Cup

Special experiences showcase the town “Where the Turf Meets the Surf”

Posted on September 28, 2017

The 34th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will make history when it debuts at the iconic Del Mar Race Track on November 3 and 4. To mark the occasion, premium seating and hospitality areas have been added, including two temporary trackside luxury chalets and box seats. The Turf Club’s luxury suites have been renovated, and The Infield experience will feature “The Beach,” a sanded area on the inside rail with umbrellas, a video screen, and private bar. Very limited tickets are still available. Don’t delay — no tickets will be sold on race days. 877.849.4287, breederscup.com/tickets


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American Pharaoh (no. 4), ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Bob Baffert, won the 32nd running of the grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky


Remaining Breeders’ Cup Ticket Options:

$50, General admission tickets in the Stretch Run (Grandstand) area (Friday, November 3 only)

$35-$80, Infield General admission tickets for “Taste of the Breeders’ Cup: San Diego” (Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4)

$100, Infield Dining seats are available in the Pacific Pavilion (Friday, November 3 only)

$1,600+, Two-day dining seating in the Trackside Chalet (Breeders’ Cup Experiences) and in the Seabiscuit Sky Room, overlooking the race track and Pacific Ocean


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Del Mar Race Track



Getting There
Though on-site parking is already sold out, complimentary parking and shuttle services will be located at: Del Mar Horse Park (14550 El Camino Real), MiraCosta College (3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff), and Kilroy Realty Parking Garage (3633 Kilroy Driveway, San Diego). breederscup.com/transportation

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Del Mar Race Track


What To Wear:
Fashion is part of the fun of being at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and purple is always a good choice, as the official color of the celebrated event. These two days exemplify the very best in thoroughbred racing, with 13 Grade 1 races featuring world-class horses, jockeys, and trainers, plus the best fashion, food, and parties. Women, think stylish, classic dresses with a stunning fascinator or hat. Men, consider a suit, bowtie, pocket square, and fedora.

R&C Fashion Inspiration:

A Return to Elegance
Off to the Races
Race Day Dazzle
Winning Fashions for Del Mar Racing Season


Hale Bob purple lace dress from TRE Boutique at Flower Hill Promenade & The Forum
Hale Bob purple lace dress from TRE Boutique at Flower Hill Promenade, Encinitas Ranch Town Center, and The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch




Breeders’ Cup Festival

A weeklong series of events kicks off on October 28. Many of the festivities will take place at “The Barn at the Beach,” a custom, 7,000-square-foot tent constructed at Powerhouse Park. Ticketed festival highlights include:

Jake’s Beach Fun Run and Breeders’ Cup Breeze (October 28):
Leading the week, the 3.2-mile beach run will feature celebrity guest Bo Derek, horses on the sand, and a Polynesian beach party. jakesdelmar.com

Del Mar Schools Education Foundation Celebrates the Breeders’ Cup (October 29): A celebration of 50+ years of the City of Del Mar, Del Mar schools, and community. Enjoy a luncheon at Barn at the Beach, which will feature acts from local Del Mar schools. An evening reception will feature live musical entertainment, a plated dinner, and cash bar. 858.900.1800, thumes@dmsef.org

Racing Excellence Award Honoring Dick Enberg (November 1): Recognizing the legendary American sportscaster and benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, the gala will celebrate the region’s inaugural hosting of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. 858.774.1766, bgcsandieguito.org

Bourbon, Blue Grass & Breeders’ Cup (November 1): The Del Mar Foundation’s community party will feature live Bluegrass music, and bourbon and whiskey tastings featuring Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, and Basil Hayden, among others, as well as hors d’oeuvres at the Barn at the Beach. This event is free of charge; reservations are required. 858.635.1363, delmarfoundation.org

Best at the Barn (November 2): The Del Mar Village Association presents an upscale tasting event with live entertainment, bringing together North San Diego’s finest restaurants. The party will also feature specialty cocktails and wine. visitdelmarvillage.com/bestatthebarn

Bash at the Beach (November 3): Sip a cocktail, take in a stunning San Diego sunset, and enjoy live music by Haute Chile, a live auction of racing memorabilia, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America. 859.276.4989, tca.org/bashatthebeach.html

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The Barn at the Beach


Celebrate in Grand Style

Outside of Breeders’ Cup Festival events, to honor the milestone, Chef William Bradley presents a Krug Dinner at Addison on Friday, November 3. Savor a special $1,000 per person dinner in the restaurant’s private dining room, complete with five courses (plus amuse bouche) complemented with Krug champagnes poured by Director of Wine & Beverage Rafael Sanchez. 858.314.1900

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Other “Don’t Miss” Elements

Art of the Horse (Thru November 4): For more than 30 years, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships has crowned the ultimate champion of the sport of kings, with the victors of each championship race receiving a Breeders’ Cup Trophy. The trophy is an authentic bronze reproduction of the original Torrie horse that was created in Florence by Giovanni de Bologna in the late 1580s. To celebrate the first ever running of the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, the Breeders’ Cup 2017 host committee has commissioned 20 local artists to design life-sized artistic reproductions of the Torrie Horse. These vibrant pieces of art are inspired by the Thoroughbred racing community, local San Diego culture, and the Breeders’ Cup itself. The sculptures, currently displayed in prominent locations throughout San Diego, will be auctioned to benefit local and Thoroughbred charities following the 2017 Breeders’ Cup. breederscupfestival.com/artofthehorse

Torrey Pines Golf Tournament (October 31): Join Breeders’ Cup execs and owners for a day of friendly fun. To make a reservation, send completed registration form to Betty Blair. 858.755.1141, ext. 3400, betty@dmtc.com

Ponies & Poker (October 31-November 2):
Hosted at Ocean’s Eleven Casino, “Ponies & Poker” will bring together amateur and professional poker players alike with thoroughbred horseracing luminaries, fans, athletes, and celebrities for a Texas Hold ’Em style tournament and a shot at a $100,000 prize. poniespoker.com

Bing Crosby Fall Meet (November 1-2): Named after iconic actor, songwriter, singer, and founding partner of the Del Mar Race Track, Bing Crosby, this race meeting opens two days prior to the Breeders’ Cup and continues through November 26. dmtc.com

Breeders’ Cup Belly-Up Concert Series (November 1-4): Accommodating up to 600 guests per night, the Breeders’ Cup Belly-Up Concert Series will feature some of the greatest musical acts from the San Diego area for four lively nights of singing, dancing, and mingling with fellow Breeders’ Cup fans. Bret Michaels performs on November 1, The B-52s perform November 2-3 (both nights have already sold out), and Tainted Love performs November 4. bellyup.com

Rancho Santa Fe Golf Tournament (November 2): Enjoy a day of sun, sand, and swings. To make a reservation, send completed registration form to Betty Blair. 858.755.1141, ext. 3400, betty@dmtc.com


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American Pharoh: Photo courtesy of Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire     Fashion: Photo by Vincent Knakal     All other Photography Courtesy of Breeders’ Cup & the Del Mar Village Association




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