Hazel Park Raceway

Hazel Park, Michigan

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The History of Del Mar – Host of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup continued…

By 1940, Del Mar became a summer playground for many Hollywood stars. Between 1942 and 1944 the facility was closed due to the Second World War. Initially, the grounds were used for training by the United States Marine Corps, then as a manufacturing site for parts to B-17 bombers. The first Bing Crosby Stakes was held at Del Mar in 1946 and that same year the Santa Fe Railroad began offering a racetrack special bringing spectators, bettors and horses to Del Mar from Los Angeles Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s the track became the Saratoga of the West for summer racing. The track had large purses for many stakes, many of the stakes races were won by the legendary jockey, Bill Shoemaker. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Del Mar continued to offer high quality racing and continued to be one of the premier racetracks in the country. Change marked the 1980s when the infield was opened to spectators and in 1984. The track still offered the best summer racing in the West and continued to grow in purses, handle and attendance. In the 1990s the track underwent a major renovation with the demolition of the old grandstands and new one built in its place. Beginning in the year 2000, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 's marketing team went through a major shift in their marketing direction. They realized they had to attract a more youthful audience as well as a female audience. They focused Del Mar as a fashionable destination, using social media and other avenues to market the racetrack. The majority of ads didn't show horses. They adopted the slogan "Cool as Ever" and created a new brand around "Del Mar Scene".  Celebrating 76 calendar years, Del Mar saw one of its most successful seasons in history in 2012, including an Opening Day that drew a record 47,339 racing fans. The 2014 summer meet finished with a total handle of $439,651,924 in all-sources bets for a daily average handle of $12,121,554 – making it California’s most successful race meet by far and continuing its run as one of the nation’s foremost Thoroughbred headquarters In 2017 Del Mar hosts its first Breeders’ Cup ever! Come play, wager and watch live simulcast with us at the Hazel Park Raceway, November 3rd and 4th 2017. First race at Del Mar on Friday is at 2:25pm ET. First race at Del Mar on Saturday is at 1:10pmET. For dining room reservations, call (248) 398-1000 ext 236. Click here for the 2017Breeders’ Cup Race Schedule!