Fan Safety at Del Mar Racetrack

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 season. Del Mar is committed to providing a safe, clean and friendly environment at the track for all patrons. Our safety measures have been developed with guidance from state and local public health officials along with Scripps Health and their expert staff. 

Protocols are based on current county guidelines and are subject to change. The state of California strongly recommends that all individuals be fully vaccinated. 

Please note that attending large public events where the vaccination status of others in attendance is unknown may increase one’s risk of exposure to COVID-19. Those who may be immunocompromised, or those who may have incomplete vaccine protection are at a higher risk of infection.

Health, Safety & Hygiene

COVID Vaccination & Testing

  • Consistent with current county guidelines, Indoor seating areas do not require valid proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. 

Enhanced Cleaning

  • Del Mar Thoroughbred Club staff have enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures throughout the facility. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout the grandstand and additional staff will be on-site for cleaning high-touch areas. 
Facility Access & Experience

Bag Policy

  • Bags are subject to search. 


  • Children 17 & under receive free admission and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Discounted Grandstand Seating is available for children 17 & under.
  • Patrons must be at least 18 years of age to wager. 

Non-Smoking Facility

  • Smoking, including electronic cigarettes (vapes) and smokeless tobacco products, is permitted only in designated outdoor areas where seating is not provided, including ramps, paddock viewing areas, Clubhouse and Stretch Run entry plazas, and south-facing patios.


  • General Parking may be paid for on a per-vehicle basis upon entry on race days.
  • No re-entry is allowed.
  • Parking opens 2 hours before the first post each race day. Admission gates open 1 1/2 hours before first post.

Paddock & Walking Ring

  • Access within the Saddling Paddock & Walking Ring is restricted to licensed personnel. 

Infield Access

  •  The Infield will be closed to public access.

Food & Beverage 

  • Personal food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome to the racetrack, except in restaurant table seating, suites, and skyrooms. 
  • Alcoholic beverages and glass containers of any kind are prohibited from all areas of the track, including parking areas.
  • Coolers must be small, hand-held, and able to be stored beneath reserved seats in the grandstand.  

Morning Workouts

  • Morning workouts are open to the public.

Simulcast & Early Bird Wagering

  • Available in Mission Tower Wednesday - Sunday, no grandstand access.
  • Enter free through the fire gate between 9 AM - 11 AM each racing day (on-track only). Closes after the last live California race.
Ticketing & Grandstand Seating

Season Box Holders   

  • If you are a Season Box Holder and have questions about your tickets, please reach out to the ticket office

Turf Club Members

  • Please contact the Turf Club for membership questions, reservations & assistance. 


  • Horsemen with valid CHRB Licenses will receive discounted pricing every day of the 2022 season. Please contact the ticket office for assistance or (858) 792 4242
  • The Horsemens' Lounge will be opened to licensed personnel. 
    Updated 6.15.22