Thousands expected to attend Del Mar Racetrack for Pacific Classic Weekend Aug. 22

The 25th running of the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 22, the Seaside Track’s signature and most prestigious race, is set to bring the elite summer racing season to a peak. The high-stakes weekend will be packed with events and entertainment, starting Friday, Aug, 21, with a free performance by San Diego-based reggae fusion rock band Pepper.

Harrah’s Friday Concert Series with Pepper, Friday, Aug. 21: The island-rhythm rock band Pepper will perform a free concert. The concert will start after the final race of the day, approximately scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Concert is 18 and up.

$1 Million Pacific Classic, Saturday, Aug. 22: Del Mar will draw some of the nation’s most talented Thoroughbreds for the most esteemed race of the season: the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic. The Classic will bring horse racing enthusiasts out in their finest summer wear and spectacular hats for a day like Opening Day. First post is 2 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Daybreak at Del Mar: Every Saturday and Sunday, fans have the chance to view racehorses on the track during Daybreak at Del Mar from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Early risers can watch the morning workouts while enjoying hot breakfast sandwiches, fresh coffee, juice and more for purchase. American Pharoah fans can also catch the Triple Crown champ galloping around 7:45 a.m.

Family Weekends: Every weekend is family weekend at the track, where children can enjoy activities in the Infield such as inflatable games, pony rides, jockey stilt walkers and more while catching a 360-degree view of the track. Children receive free racetrack admission, adults are only $6.

Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesdays through Sundays through Sept. 7, with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. On Fridays, first post is shifted to 4 p.m.

For information, call 858-755-1141 or visit