Sunset over Del Mar seaside

There continues to be time to make plans to journey to Del Mar for the large Labor Day racing weekend. In truth, for those who fly out at the moment, your baggage may arrive in time for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic. On second thought, do not test a bag.

According to trace founder and inveterate crooner, Bing Crosby, you can too take a practice or a automotive to the place the turf meets the surf. There’s additionally a smile on each face and a winner in every race, however I digress.

Del Mar will probably be racing 5 days this week, Thursday, Sept. 1, by Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5. While the stakes choices are plentiful – 5 on Saturday, two on Sunday and two on Monday – the anticipated look by the unbeaten Flightline within the Pacific Classic stands head and shoulders above every thing else.

There are so many questions.

-Will Flightline be capable of stretch his devastating velocity round two turns for the primary time?

-Can this son of Tapit get the American traditional distance of a mile and 1 / 4?

-Where ought to I eat and the place ought to I’m going whereas I’m in Del Mar?

I can solely speculate on the primary two questions, however I do know coach John Sadler has the utmost confidence in Flightline. The colt has handed each check (OK, there have solely been 4 since April 2021), and I’ve seen nothing to recommend that the longer distance will probably be his Achilles heel.

As for the ultimate query, you have come to the suitable place. Here are my suggestions, all inside a 15-minute drive of the racetrack:


Ki’s Restaurant, 2591 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff, CA 92007. Two-story constructing on the coast street serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, however I’m keen on their breakfasts, together with smoothies and juices. Order downstairs, then go upstairs to take pleasure in an unbelievable view of the Pacific.

Claire’s on Cedros, 246 N. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Just a brief stroll from the Solana Beach practice station (chances are you’ll must park in that lot if it is a busy day). Everybody loves Claire’s for breakfast, and there is a lot to love, not the least of that are the Benedicts. I all the time desire their outside seating in again. Tell ’em Larry Collmus despatched you.

Ranch 45 Local Provisions, 512 Via De La Valle, Suite 102, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Ranch 45 is situated subsequent door to the extra upscale dinner spot Pamplemousse Grille and simply east of the racetrack’s Solana gate. Their breakfast bowls are my go-to objects on a reasonably restricted menu. Order inside, eat outdoors.


Board & Brew, 1812 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014. You will not discover a higher sandwich, partly as a result of every thing is contemporary. Highly advocate the home specialty, the Turkado (turkey and avocado). Portions are massive. If you may’t eat each halves, give me a name.

The Taco Stand, 642 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024. Always busy native favourite (with a number of places from San Diego to La Jolla and even Las Vegas) options handmade corn tortillas and affords a wide range of taco choices, together with spicy shrimp, cactus, mushroom and naturally fish, beef and hen. Best wager is to seek out an “off” time away from the noon-1 p.m. rush.


Pacific Coast Grill, 2526 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff, CA 92007. Oceanfront eating at its finest, with outdoors and indoor tables. Classic, reasonably priced menu heavy on fish choices. Shrimp dumplings are a specialty on the appetizer menu. Have by no means left there disillusioned.

Tony’s Jacal, 621 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075. I’ve been singing the praises of the turkey nachos and turkey tacos at this household run operation that first opened in 1946, however the extra conventional meals are excellent as properly. Can be very busy and Tony’s Jacal doesn’t take reservations, however the bar menu affords a few of the entrees (together with the nachos and tacos) for those who’re in a rush.

Also worthwhile: Naked Café in Solana Beach for breakfast, Monarch Ocean Pub, Jake’s or Poseidon in Del Mar for sundown drinks or dinner. The Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar, which overlooks Del Mar racetrack, has the perfect fish tacos on the town.

Activities: Rent an e-bike for a experience up or down the coast. San Diego Electric Bike in Solana Beach has totally different rental packages. Hike by Torrey Pines State Reserve, entrance off Carmel Valley Road (Tip: park on Carmel Valley Road to keep away from the $15 parking cost.) The extra adventurous may strive cling gliding or paragliding on the Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla.

Don’t neglect that publish time is 1 p.m. PT for the remainder of the meet with Friday’s 3 p.m. begins the one exception.

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