Breeders’ Cup ‘Barn at the Beach’ will be site for a week of events

The Barn at the Beach will be a unique oceanfront venue providing a dramatic gathering place for attendees from across the globe and local community members to come together for special events celebrating the internationally-acclaimed horseracing event coming to Del Mar. The City of Del Mar, the Del Mar Village Association, the Breeders’ Cup Ltd., Breeders’ Cup Host Committee, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and San Diego Tourism Authority collaborated and partnered to make the temporary structure for the festival week a reality.

“It is our honor to be the host destination for this prestigious horseracing event,” said Mayor of Del Mar, Terry Sinnott. “We look forward to welcoming horse racing enthusiasts from around the world and just down the street to this exciting venue for a variety of events that showcase our great seaside village.”

The custom 7,000-square-foot tent that will be known as the Barn at the Beach will be constructed at the Powerhouse Park to accommodate up to 600 guests inside and on its oceanfront wrap-around decking. “Bringing the Breeders’ Cup to Del Mar this November has been years in the making and we are thrilled that our World Championships will soon be coming to one of the most desirable resort destinations in all of horseracing,” said Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. “Our goal is to partner with the local community in creating a week of festivities that can be enjoyed by not only the visitors experiencing Del Mar for the first time but also by the members of the community of Del Mar and San Diego at large that have showed us so much goodwill.”

The full schedule of festival week is still in development but highlights of public events include the kickoff 5K Jake’s Beach Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 28; Post-Position Draw Party on Monday, Oct. 30; Bluegrass Concert and Bourbon Tasting on Wednesday, Nov. 1; and a Best of the Barn Culinary Event on Thursday, Nov. 2.

The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, will be held Nov. 3-4 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Learn more at and on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.