Del Mar Racetrack 2012 Guide

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Headed to the races this summer?  The last thing you want to do is get stuck in the horrible traffic, usually even the off ramp at Via De La Valle backed up!  Not to mention the price just to park is $10 or $20 to valet.  Instead consider taking the train or the coaster to the Solana Beach Station.  From there you can jump on the free shuttle to the track.  The Del Mar Racetrack Shuttle runs every 15 minutes from the Solana Beach Station to the track.  The shuttle begins at 9:30 am and continues to meet incoming trains and Coasters until 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Returning to the Solana Beach Station from the track departs 15 minutes after each race.  The last shuttle leaves the track 45 minutes after the end of the last race except on Saturday because of the concert the last shuttle is at 10 p.m.  For more information on the free shuttle from the Solana Beach Station click here.

I know everyone loves going to opening day… the hats alone are sometimes worth it.  BUT did you know tickets are more than double on opening day?  The least expensive tickets are $4 but on opening day the price jumps to $10 or for Clubhouse seats which are normally $6, go up to $15.  If you are planning on going to the track on opening day be aware they are expecting record-breaking crowds with this being the 75th year.

Become a Del Mar Diamond Club Member!!!!  It is free to sign up and the benefits are incredible.  For instance there is this little thing called Free and Easy Wednesdays!  Every Wednesday (except Opening Day), receive FREE Stretch Run Admission, FREE Program and FREE Seat along with HALF PRICE Beer (domestic drafts), Sodas and Hot Dogs at Stretch Run Concession Stands.  Just the half price on beer is worth being a member!  Also general admission tickets and clubhouse admission is half price when you are a member, so what are you waiting for?  For complete Diamond Club Member details click here.

Visit the track on Thursday and purchase the Oggi’s Pizza N’ Ponies Special offer.  For only $11.00, patrons will receive: Stretch Run admission and program ($6.00), Stretch Run reserved seat ($5.00), Oggi’s Personal Cheese Pizza ($8.00), Soft Drink ($3.00) – A $22.00 VALUE, FOR ONLY $11.00 DOLLARS* –50% Savings.  Stop by your local Oggi’s Pizza and pick up a coupon for this great deal!

The only other deal I found on tickets it is $39 for 10 clubhouse admission tickets, EXPIRES on 7/18/12.

Good luck at the races!

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