Del Mar Village Welcomes Breeders' Cup 2017

Del Mar is the proud host city of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships!

The Festival Week events will begin in Del Mar Village Saturday, October 28 & continue throughout the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, November 4.

Join us in Del Mar Village for an exciting line-up of events!


2017 Del Mar Village Festival Week Events

Saturday, October 28

Jake’s 35th Annual Beach Fun Run and Breeders’ Cup Breeze

at Del Mar Beach

Saturday, October 28, 9:30AM start

Kicking off the official Breeders’ Cup Festival week, the 3.2 mile run on the beach will be led by horses and will conclude with a beach party at Jake’s Del Mar with live music, Polynesian entertainment, brunch, beverages and a raffle drawing benefitting local charities. Early registration ends October 23. Late registration available through race day or until sold out.


Sunday, October 29

Del Mar Schools Education Foundation

at Barn at the Beach, Powerhouse Park, Del Mar CA 92014

Sunday, October 29

A celebration of 50 plus years of the City of Del Mar, Del Mar Schools and Community! A luncheon featuring acts from local Del Mar Schools will take place from 12:00PM – 2:00PM. The evening reception will begin at 5:00PM and will feature live entertainment, a plated dinner and cash bar.


Monday, October 30

Rood & Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw

at Barn at the Beach, Powerhouse Park, Del Mar CA 92014

Monday, October 30

The official post-position draw will determine the starting gate positions (number) of each horse in the 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. Invite only.


Wednesday, November 1

Bourbon, Bluegrass & Breeders’ Cup

at Barn at the Beach, Powerhouse Park, Del Mar CA 92014

Wednesday, November 1, 6:00PM – 9:00PM

The Del Mar Foundation’s community party will feature live bluegrass music, bourbon and whiskey tastings featuring Maker’s Mark®, Knob Creek®, Basil Hayden®, among others, and southern style fare. This event is free of charge, but reservations are required. Registration opens October 1st.

Jocktails

at Del Mar Plaza

Wednesday, November 1

One of the most highly-anticipated annual Breeders’ Cup events will feature cocktails crafted by Breeders’ Cup’s most famous jockeys and personalities at the Del Mar Plaza. All proceeds from Jocktails at the Breeders’ Cup will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Invite only.

And we’re off!

at L’Auberge Del Mar

Wednesday, November 1, 5:00PM – 12:00AM

Indulge in cocktails and sunsets to welcome the start of Breeders’ Cup & the Fall racing season! Enjoy the ocean views as mixologists pour the best drinks in town, including this years signature cocktail; Off to the Races featuring bourbon whiskey, ginger beer and Memphis Barbeque Bitters. Pop-up food from their very own Chef Nathan Lingle, along with craft beer and featured liquors and live music. It’s certain to be one stylish night by the sea.

Opening Bash

at Hotel Indigo

Wednesday, November 1

Come out on Wednesday night for the Breeders’ Cup Opening Bash at Hotel Indigo! Hosted by Ballast Point. Live music, food, and drinks. The bar will be open until 12AM.


Thursday, November 2

Best at the Barn

at Barn at the Beach, Powerhouse Park, Del Mar CA 92014

Thursday, November 2, 5:30PM – 8:30PM

The Del Mar Village Association will host an upscale tasting event at the Barn at the Beach venue at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar, which brings together San Diego County’s finest chefs preparing exquisite cuisine, showcasing their signature style, with specialty cocktails and wines. The event will also feature live entertainment.

Del Mar Traditions

at L’Auberge Del Mar

Thursday, November 2, 5:00PM – 12:00AM

The build up to the 33rd annual Breeders’ Cup continues as L’Auberge opens their doors for a night full of live music, specialty cocktails and more surprises from their Chef, Nathan Lingle.

DerbyVIP.com Lounge

at Del Mar Plaza

Thursday, November 2, 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Keep the party going after the races are over at the Breeders’ Cup Lounge! A special lounge area will be created near the deck at the plaza just for the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. For guest list and VIP tables, contact VIP@DerbyVIP.com.

Contenders Kick Off BBQ

at Hotel Indigo

Thursday, November 2

During Breeders’ Cup Festival Week, Maker’s Mark will be hosting a kick off BBQ at Hotel Indigo. Live music, food, and drinks! The bar will be open until 12AM.


Friday, November 3

Bash at the Beach

at Barn at the Beach, Powerhouse Park, Del Mar CA 92014

Friday, November 3, 5:30PM – 10:00PM

Following the first full day of championship races, Bash at the Beach invites fans to enjoy a cocktail as they take in a stunning San Diego sunset. The event will feature live music by Haute Chile, a live auction of racing memorabilia, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The Bash will benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Breeders’ Cup Opening Day After Party

at L’Auberge Del Mar

Friday, November 3, 5:00PM – 12:00AM

Celebrate the first day of Breeders’ Cup at the Living Room for another night of festivities. Live music from JP Hunten will be heating things up, while mixologists cool you down with more of their specialty cocktails. Chef Nathan Lingle will once again surprise and delight you with more of his Pop-up offerings as well as a full menu in Kitchen 1540.

DerbyVIP.com Lounge

at Del Mar Plaza

Friday, November 3, 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Keep the party going after the races are over at the Breeders’ Cup Lounge! A special lounge area will be created near the deck at the plaza just for the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. For guest list and VIP tables, contact VIP@DerbyVIP.com.

Shake Your “Moneymaker”

at Hotel Indigo

Friday, November 3

Hendrick’s Gin will be hosting this event at Hotel Indigo. Live music, food, and drinks! The bar will be open until 12AM. More details to come.


Saturday, November 4

Breeders’ Cup Viewing & After Party

at Barn at the Beach, Powerhouse Park, Del Mar CA 92014

Saturday, November 4, 2:00PM – 10:00PM

Opportunity for the community to watch the Breeders’ Cup World Championship races televised in the Barn at the Beach tent while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and post race entertainment in a VIP setting.

DerbyVIP.com Lounge

at Del Mar Plaza

Saturday, November 4, 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Keep the party going after the races are over at the Breeders’ Cup Lounge! A special lounge area will be created near the deck at the plaza just for the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. For guest list and VIP tables, contact VIP@DerbyVIP.com.

Winners Circle After Party

at Hotel Indigo

Saturday, November 4

Come out to Hotel Indigo after the races on Saturday for a Winners Circle After Party. Hosted by Karl Strauss. Live music, food, and drinks! The bar will be open until 12AM.


What to Know Before Going to the Races

No Tickets Will be Sold at the Del Mar

All tickets to the Breeders’ Cup must be purchased online in advance. Unlike normal racing days at Del Mar, no tickets will be sold onsite the day of the event (including General Admission).

On-Site Parking

Parking at Del Mar will be limited to those with official pre-paid parking credentials. If you do not have an official parking credential, please do not drive to Del Mar. You will be turned away at the gate and directed to a Park-and-Ride location.

Park-and-Ride Program

Breeders’ Cup and Del Mar are pleased to offer complimentary off-site parking and shuttling from 3 officially designated park-and-ride locations: Del Mar Horse Park, Kilroy Realty Parking Garage, and MiraCosta College.

Taxi & Uber

Taxis and Uber will be available for fans with designated drop-off and pick-up points off Jimmy Jimmy Durante Boulevard.


About the Breeders' Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, will be held November 3-4 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. The Breeders’ Cup culminates with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, named the Longines World’s Best Horse Race in 2016 by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Learn more at www.BreedersCup.com and on social media platforms FacebookTwitter, InstagramSnapchat and YouTube.

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