Mar, California is located 20 miles north of San Diego on the beautiful
Southern California coast. With the bordering communities of La Jolla
to its south and Rancho Sante Fe to its east. Del Mar is a tiny,
exclusive enclave of two square miles of coastal land with a population
of about 5,000. The main attraction of residents and
visitors alike is its beautiful beach and year-round sunny weather. The
spectacular Torrey Pines Golf Course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open
Championship, is just 4 miles to the south.
course it is home to the world famous Del Mar Thoroughbred Racetrack -
"Where The Turf Meets The Surf" - built in 1937 by luminaries Bing
Crosby and actors Pat O'Brien and Jimmy Durante. Del Mar has been a
haven for movie stars and celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart, Lucille
Ball, W.C. Fields, Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, and Mickey Rooney, all of
whom were regulars at the Del Mar Racetrack. Today, it might be anyone
from Tom Cruise to Paris Hilton, from Jack Nicholson to Kevin Costner.
come to Del Mar from all over the world during the annual six-week
thoroughbred racing meet at the end of each summer. In 2005, Del Mar
set a U.S. racing record with an average daily betting handle of over
$14 million, and a total racing handle of more than $600 million wagered
during the meet. To learn more about this special place, click on the
links to the left.