Jeffrey Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive
The Breeders’ Cup is coming to Del Mar November 3 and 4, two days and 13 “World Championship” races, ushered in by a Festival beginning October 29 in a “Barn at the Beach” in Powerhouse Park. Construction of the temporary “barn” will begin, according to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, at 7 am Thursday October 26 and will take three days to complete. The tent will be deconstructed starting early on Nov 5 and completely removed by 8 pm Nov 7. No tickets needed to watch this.
Each day of the Festival is allotted to a different sponsoring organization, from the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (Sun Oct 29) and the Breeders Cup Ltd (Mon) – with a break for Halloween - through the Del Mar Foundation (DMF) (Wed) and the Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) (Thu) to Thoroughbred Charities of America (Fri) and VOX Productions (Sat).
Five hundred tickets will be available for each day, except for Wednesday, when the DMF’s event admissions are limited to 400, with free admission (reservation required). The Sunday events include a luncheon ($30) featuring acts (dancing and singing) from Del Mar schools noon to 2 pm and a cocktail reception (cash bar) and dinner ($50) 5-10 pm. All 8 Del Mar schools will be represented and the theme will be the 50th anniversary of the first, Del Mar Heights. There will be two bands playing for the evening, each incidentally involving a school principal.
The Monday event is Breeders’ Cup Rood and Riddle Post-Position Draw, a cocktail reception 3-8 pm accompanying the drawing of positions for each of the 13 races, by “local and world-wide celebrities.” It will be covered by local media as well as TVG and NBC and is by invitation only.
The DMF-sponsored event is called “Bourbon, Bluegrass and the Breeders’ Cup,” 6-9 pm Wed Nov 1, a free community event featuring live bluegrass music from The Railsplitters and Grammy-winning artists Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, bourbon and whiskey tastings, and southern-style fare. The Foundation will be joined by the Del Mar Historical Society, which is holding a silent auction, including a 1941 Stearman bi-plane ride, a sailboat ride in San Diego Harbor, and a 3-day weekend stay in a 2-bedroom Del Mar Beach cottage.
The DMVA’s “Best at the Barn” will be a tasting event featuring 15-20 of San Diego’s best restaurant chefs, present at the event, and a live band. Tickets $200. There will be an auction Friday, Nov 3, benefitting Thoroughbred Charities, also with live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, $100, with VIP admission including open bar $250.
The final day is an opportunity to watch the Breeders’ Cup World Championship races on TV while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and post-race entertainment in a VIP setting. It will be open 2 to 10 pm and cost $250.
You can get ticket information for the various events at: