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Del Mar, N. C. Transit District Expanded ''Pony Express'' Ticket

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and North County Transit District are once again providing racing fans an easy and economical way to enjoy a day at the races minus traffic hassles and parking fees.

The combination ticket, called the “Pony Express,” offers a round-trip fare on the Coaster, Sprinter and Breeze, along with Stretch Run admission and a free shuttle between the Solana Beach Coaster station and the racetrack. Cost for the ticket is only $11, a $6 savings for racegoers. Additionally, those using the service save the $10 auto parking fee, allowing for a total daily savings of $16.

This year DMTC and NCTD are expanding the service from weekends only to every day throughout the summer, with the exception of Opening Day, Wednesday, July 17. Del Mar races a total of 37 days on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule up until Wednesday, September 4. It also will conduct racing on Labor Day Monday, September 2.

“Pony Express” passengers are ferried from the Solana Beach train station – approximately one mile from the track -- on DMTC’s fleet of English, double-decker buses, which meet all trains both arriving and leaving the station throughout the day.

“Pony Express” tickets are available at all ticket vending machines at every NCTD station by pressing the “Current Promotions” button. Additionally, they can be pre-purchased on-line at GoNCTD.com/Races2013  “Pony Express” riders will be able to pick up their admission tickets at the track’s Diamond Club booth near the Stretch Run gate in close proximity to the double-decker bus stop.

The Coaster is NCTD’s scenic commuter train that runs along the coast between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. Breeze buses operate throughout North County San Diego. The Sprinter is a light-rail train that runs east and west along the Hwy. 78 corridor between Oceanside and Escondido. The Coaster and the Breeze Route 101, which operates along Coast Highway, stop at the Solana Beach station. More information and schedules are available at GONCTD.com .