Del Mar to Open Slightly Later, and on a Saturday, in '24

Del Mar | Benoit

Del Mar will open its 2024 summer meeting Saturday, July 20, according to a press release from the track.

The slightly later-than-usual start to the season was keyed by the fact that the San Diego Country Fair will operate a bit past its usual closing date July 4, going forward instead to Sunday, July 7.

Del Mar will need the extra time from July 8 onward to prepare its racing surfaces and stable area for the start of the meet and to ensure its safety protocols are all in place, the release stated.

The summer meet will conclude Sunday, Sept. 8.

Del Mar also has finalized fall racing dates, which will be highlighted by the 41st edition of the Breeders' Cup, the third time the championship event has come to the track.

Opening Day of the Bing Crosby Season will be Thursday, Oct. 31. Then that Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, will showcase the 14 Breeders' Cup races.

The fall meet will operate for five weeks and conclude Sunday, Dec. 1.

Del Mar's allocation of the 2024 Southern California racing calendar was approved this past August by the California Horse Racing Board.

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