For its 14th season at the track, the popular “Daybreak at Del Mar”
will offer a new take on trackside breakfasts-with-the-Thoroughbreds at
the place “where the turf meets the surf.”
The Saturday and Sunday gatherings, presented in the Clubhouse
Terrace Restaurant just past the finish line at Del Mar, run from 7:30
to 9:30 a.m. throughout the meet, which opens this year on Wednesday,
The unique experience of watching the track’s flashy, four-legged
athletes going through their morning exercises while enjoying breakfast
in the sunshine and sea breezes that are part of the track’s environment
is special indeed.
This summer’s dining bill of fare has changed to a morning
Marketplace. Now “Daybreakers” can mix, match and select their own
breakfasts, similar to their favorite on-the-go restaurants and coffee
bars, all priced a la carte.
Breakfast goers will be able to choose from a delicious and healthy
menu assortment. Among the items will be fresh-squeezed juice, hot and
cold coffees and teas, yogurts, granola bars, fruit cups, fresh local
baked goods, cereals and an assortment of hot breakfast sandwiches, made
to order. Additionally, there will be a bar serving the Del Mar
signature Del Mary, as well as the new Café Del Cool. A split of
champagne also will be available to compliment the fresh-squeezed orange
Jeff Bloom, a former rider who now is an owner and stable manager, is
on hand each morning and strolls through the area to provide background
and informational tips on horses galloping on the track, take questions
about the sport and provide suggestions on how to enjoy a day at the
“Daybreak” attendees are encouraged to park in the track’s main lot
off Jimmy Durante Blvd. and go through the Clubhouse entrance to the
restaurant on the second floor. There is no charge for attending the
sessions, but there is a $10 parking fee upon arrival. However, anyone
spending $25 or more on breakfast items will have the cost of the
parking fee subtracted from their bill.
Del Mar’s 74th summer session runs until Wednesday, September 4.
First post most days is 2 p.m. with the exception of Fridays with its 4
p.m. racing start.