Fan Safety at Del Mar Racetrack

We can't wait to see you trackside for the 2021 season. While a lot has changed since we were last together, our commitment to a safe, clean, and fan-friendly environment remains the same.

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 updated frequently and subject to change.

The state of California strongly recommends that all individuals be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals must wear face coverings indoors, and outdoors when in close proximity to others.

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 currently not eligible for the vaccination, or 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 & Negative Testing

  • Indoor seating areas require valid proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. 
  • Indoor area include, but are not limited to: Il Palio, Skyboxes, and Horsemen's Lounge.

Face Coverings 

  • Unvaccinated individuals must wear face coverings indoors, and outdoors when in close proximity to others. 
  • Face-coverings should fully cover your mouth and nose and fit snugly against the sides of your face so there are no gaps.

Social Distancing 

  • Whether you are entering the facility or placing a bet, please practice physical distancing and keep a safe space between yourself and others. 
  • Please refrain from congregating inside the grandstand and be sure to follow all posted signage and direction from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club staff.

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. 

Cashless Transactions

  • Restaurant & Concession purchases are now cashless transactions. Acceptable forms of payment include Debit and Credit Cards.
  • Designated wagering windows will continue to accept cash payments. 


  • 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 is included with pre-purchased tickets or may be paid for on a per-vehicle basis upon entry on race days.
  • Each guest must display their ticket to redeem for general parking access.
  • No re-entry allowed.
  • Parking opens 2 hours before 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 currently restricted to CHRB licensees.

Simulcast & Early Bird Wagering

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

Diamond Club Members

  • Diamond Club Members will receive discounted general admission upon entry at the gate every day of the 2021 season. 

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 2021 season. Please contact the racing office for assistance. 
  • The Horsemens' Lounge will be opened to licensed personnel with proof of vaccination or negative COVID test. 
    Updated 11.12.21