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July 18, 2012

The VIP Treatment at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

By Erin Schumaker | Hotel

The VIP Treatment at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Courtesy Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Known as one of the region’s most historically elite racing clubs—and for being nearly unattainable to the general public—the Turf Club at southern California’s Del Mar Thoroughbred Club exudes an air of exclusivity and glamour. Classic film stars like Ava Gardner and Bing Crosby frequented Del Mar; Crosby greeted the first fan to line up outside its gates on opening day in 1937.

Now, thanks to a partnership with the nearby Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, racing aficionados can experience a day at Del Mar in the style of old Hollywood. From July 19 through September 5, the Win, Place, Show package will grant guests exclusive access to the racetrack’s members-only Turf Club and private behind-the-scenes tours of the Paddock Circle where they can chat with jockeys and trainers before races. Participants can also choose to arrive at the races in style, cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway in a BMW sedan or convertible provided by the hotel. “Off to the races” has never sounded better. Package, from $395; 7100 Aviara Resort Dr.; 760-448-1234; parkhyattaviara.com.