En-route to Los Angeles to host clients at the 2016 Breeders' Cup, the Horse Racing Abroad team visited San Diego to view the hotels and Racetrack for 2017, when Del Mar will host the Breeders' Cup for the first time. The strapline for Del Mar Racetrack, 'where the turf meets the surf', sums up the location perfectly and Downtown San Diego is only 30 minutes away. Del Mar Racetrack, built in 1937 by a partnership including Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper and Oliver Hardy, quickly became a summer playground of Hollywood stars during the 1940's. The track famously played host to the match-race between Seabiscuit and Ligaroti in 1938.
Downtown San Diego has a vibrant evening atmosphere which, combined with the beautiful beaches overlooking the Pacific, just oozes Southern Californian charm. If exploring is more your thing you won't be bored: why not try a Trolley Tour around the Old Town or take a stroll around the museums within Balboa Park? Of course no visit would be complete without taking a trip to the USS Midway Museum to learn about the rich naval heritage of the city. Then there's always San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego.
On the hunt for suitable hotels in San Diego, we visited the Manchester Grand Hyatt, which overlooks the marina and sea, and has access along a boardwalk to the Seaport Village, full of bars and restaurants. When Downtown, we viewed the US Grant, an iconic and palatial hotel in San Diego since it's construction in 1910 that is conveniently situated in in the city's historic Gaslamp Quarter. Finally, we visited the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island, just a 15-minute cab ride to Downtown San Diego. This hotel provides an ideal combination of both beach and city and blends timeless charm and casual elegance. The 1500 Ocean Restaurant at the Del produces magnificent plates of seafood, and this combined with Californian wine, sunshine and stunning views over the Pacific, makes for quite a setting!
We are currently finalising our plans for the 2017 Breeders Cup, in the meantime please pre-register here for details.