Del Mar runs from Fri. July 15 to Mon. Sept. 5. Saratoga opens a week later, running from Fri. July 22 to Sept. 5.
Each track has its history, beauty and great racing. While the seaside lure of Del Mar attracts the vacationers and Los Angloites to the always perfect climate of the San Diego area, Saratoga’s old world charm entices humidity-baked easterners to refresh themselves in the cool pines of the Adirondack Mountains.
Both tracks showcase high-priced 2-year-old racing with each young horse carrying the hopes of its owners and trainers to become a good enough 3-year-old to make it into the starting gate at Churchill Down on the first Saturday of May for the Kentucky Derby.
And both Del Mar and Saratoga offer lucrative stakes purses throughout their short meets.
Del Mar’s marque race is the $1,000,000 Pacific Coast Classic (G1) on August 20. Saratoga’s highlight is the $1,250,000 Travers Stakes (G1) on August 27. Both races will be run at the classic American distance of 1 ¼ miles.