Think you know what a horse track in California looks like? There aren't many race tracks left in the United States, and the Del Mar Racetrack exemplifies the modern horse track experience.
Yes, there is the excitement and thrill of watching the horses being paraded in the promenade and then placing your bet on the one you think will win. For a brief few minutes, the crowd is on their feet cheering their favorites! And then all is settled again. The races can be observed from the stands, or have a fresh cocktail in the exclusive Diamond Club overlooking the track, or watch from the inside of an onsite restaurant.
If you like watching the horses train, you can visit early in the morning and have breakfast in the stands while watching the horses perform their morning warm up exercises.
Little did I know when snapping off this photo that this horse, number 4, would be the winner of this race!
But there is so much more! Costume contests, car shows. the fantastical hats, evening concerts put on by big name bands, horse rides for kids. The Del Mar Racetrack is a family event and there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If you are in San Diego from July through September, be sure and check out the Del Mar Racetrack for a California experience you won't forget!