Del Mar horse racing starts on Thursday this year

By Joe Tash

The annual summer horse racing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will start on Thursday, July 17, this year, instead of the traditional Wednesday start.

The extra day was needed to prepare the track following the San Diego County Fair, an official with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club said Monday, June 2, at a meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds.

The summer meet will end Sept. 3 and run one day shorter than usual. A second fall meet will be held this year from Nov. 7-30.