Where The Surf Meets The Turf…Del Mar’s Summer Racing Season is here!

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Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club kicks off on Wednesday, July 19th, and as always, it promises to be one of the most fun, if not the most fashionable events in San Diego County. With over 40,000 race enthusiasts expected to attend, there is no doubt that Del Mar is the place to be. The tradition goes back 80 years  when one of the track’s founders, legendary actor and crooner Bing Crosby, greeted the first guests at the gate on the very first opening day.  Today, Del Mar offers the second largest horse racing venue in the Western United States and includes special events such as free Friday Night Concerts throughout the summer.  

For Opening Day however, it  isn’t just about the horse racing, though some might disagree.  Instead, the day also includes the traditional “Hat Contest” where people vie in the following categories: Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Flowers/All Other.  “The Party” on Opening Day includes DJ, dance floor, BBQ, private wagering and other perks for a cost of $35.  For additional information, contact the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

What makes the Del Mar Race Track a sought after event?  It is the social and horse event of the summer for not just San Diego, but for all Southern California.  The track offers an ambience like no other with wonderful beach and lagoon views all surrounded by unique shopping, renowned restaurants, a collection of charming and luxury hotels, and championship golf courses nestled along the beautiful San Diego coastline.  

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Nearby Rancho Santa Fe is also celebrating the ponies with an Official Opening Day After Party held at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. From 5:00 until midnight, guests can meet jockeys and others in the horsing industry while enjoying music, cocktails, and a one of a kind culinary exhibition from celebrity chef Casey Thompson. The word of mouth buzz is that even actress Bo Derek will be in attendance. Tickets are $150.

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Roblee Valentine, Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Equestrian Division which is dedicated to clients who desire horse properties, commercial ranches, farms and luxury estates, loves sharing our Equestrian Mecca with other horse aficionados, as well as the action and the vitality it all brings to our special brand of paradise in Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe and the surrounding equestrian communities.  

“The Del Mar Races grow more and more popular each year and visitors can’t help but notice what an ideal location San Diego is for those who want to follow their equestrian pursuits due to our access to top trainers, veterinarians, shows, and endless riding trails,” says Roblee.  “Pacific Sotheby’s Equestrian Division is the most qualified when it comes to understanding  the intricacies of equestrian, ranch and farm properties and we have some of the finest horse properties in the country.”

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One such property is a stunning 5 bedroom, 10 bath newly remodeled estate that just went on the market.  Located at 18880 Old Coach Way in Rancho Santa Fe, this home offers panoramic views, beautiful interiors that flow seamlessly to the outdoor living spaces that includes a covered loggia, dining area, fire pit, vanishing edge pool and spa. With four developed and 37 acres of open space including  trails this private setting of two parcels offers detached guest house, full spa and gym, theatre, barn, pastures, riding ring, batting cage and flat usable pad to add your dream amenity.  For additional information on this one of a kind property, contact Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar at 858-775-6511.

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Commanding ocean views and front row seats to the hottest ticket in town- the world famous Del Mar Racetrack. Whether year-round or vacation home, find comfort in this meticulous, turn-key, low maintenance, private, gated enclave of Boca Del Mar. This custom Alan Caro contemporary design boasts a gourmet kitchen, soaring ceilings and a stunning master suite with private deck. An entertainer’s delight flooded with light from walls of windows and white water views! Located at 121 Via De La Valle, in the heart of Del Mar, the home offers access to the beach, hiking, shopping, dining and the Race Track; leave your car behind an look no further! For more information contact Lindsay Dunlap, 760.533.2326 or Brian Pasco, 619.850.5240.

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Rancho Santa Fe’s esteemed Covenant enclave creates the ideal canvas on which to display this refined and unparalleled masterpiece located at 6605 La Valle Plateada. Nestled on 5+ stunning acres where a lily pond, rolling lawn, gorgeous orchard, flowering vines and towering trees provide an idyllic backdrop for gracious living, the sprawling estate reveals a warm and inviting single-level main home with 5 ensuite bedrooms, a 1,600-square-foot 1-bedroom guest house, with an attached multi-purpose room with bath. Equestrian enthusiasts will appreciate world-class facilities that include an 8-stall barn with center breezeway, large pasture areas, a tack room, full bath and hot walker. Outdoor enrichments are strategically placed in such a way as to complement and enhance the main residence while offering the perfect amenities for year-round outdoor living that is so popular in the San Diego climate. For more information contact K. Ann Brizolis at 858.756.4328.

To view all of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian properties visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com