Rules & Regulations


For the safety of patrons and horses, we ask that you please observe the following rules and regulations when visiting Del Mar.

Facility Access
  • Attendees & bags are subject to search and are required to pass through weapons screening. Anyone who refuses screening will be denied entry to the grounds.
  • Morning workouts are open to the public.
  • Access within the Saddling Paddock & Walking Ring is restricted to licensed personnel.
Age Restrictions
  • Children 17 & under are permitted to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Admission is free and discounted Grandstand Seating is available for children 17 & under.
  • Patrons must be at least 18 years of age to wager.
  • Alcohol is served only to patrons ages 21 & over. 
Food & Beverage
  • Personal food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome to the racetrack, except in trackside restaurant table seating, suites, and skyrooms. 
  • Outside 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.
  • Larger coolers are permitted in infield* and apron areas of the stretch run. 
  • Barbeques are not permitted in any area of the track, including infield* and parking areas.

*The infield is currently closed to the public.

Chairs, Umbrellas, and Misc Objects
  • Folding chairs are permitted in Stretch Run Apron and Infield*. They are not permitted in the Clubhouse or Plaza de Mexico.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted in any area where they may be deemed a danger to the horses or impede another patron's view.
  • Chairs, umbrellas, and other objects must be placed a safe distance away from fences and railings.
  • Please avoid bringing any objects that are likely to frighten the horses. Any item deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate is prohibited, including the following items:
    • Animals (except service animals)
    • Balloons
    • Balls
    • Illegal Substances
    • Confetti
    • Drones
    • Fireworks
    • Frisbees & Hula Hoops
    • Glass Bottles
    • Laser Pointers
    • Marijuana
    • Poles & Tripods
    • Signs & Banners Unless Pre-Approved.
    • Skateboards & Razor Scooters
    • Speakers & Music Players 
    • Tents & Awnings
    • Weapons, Including Knives of any length.
    • Whistles & Noise-making devices
  • Attendees must return any prohibited items to their vehicles or discard them prior to entering the facility. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will not be responsible for storing any prohibited items. Items left will be thrown away.
  • The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct the management deems to be disorderly or intrusive upon the enjoyment of other guests. 

*The infield is currently closed to the public.

  • California State Law prohibits smoking at public facilities. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has instituted a NO SMOKING (including electronic cigarettes) policy in most areas.
  • In the interest of accommodating the safety and comfort of all patrons, smokers are asked to refrain from smoking in all indoor areas, outdoor seating, trackside apron, along with concert venues during concerts, and eating areas, including all restaurants, Turf Club tables, Stretch Run, and Clubhouse seats and Luxury Suite tables.
  • 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.
Vehicles, Bicycles, and Parking
  • No re-entry or overnight parking is allowed.
  • "Tail-gate" parties are not permitted before, during, or after the races.
  • Parking at the races does not create a bailment and DMTC is not responsible for damage to your vehicle or loss or theft of contents.
  • Vehicles may be towed or moved in the event DMTC determines it necessary for safety or security reasons or if otherwise illegally parked.
  • Bicycles must be parked and locked in designated bicycle parking areas. Bicycles locked to fences, gates, or handrails may be removed.

Frequently Asked Questions