Trainers and exercise riders get horses used to the track.
Trainers and exercise riders get horses used to the track at the Del Mar Racetrack prior to the Breeders Cup. Photo by Chris Stone

With the prestigious Breeders’ Cup coming up this weekend, the fourth fall thoroughbred horse racing season is scheduled to open at the Del Mar Racetrack Wednesday.

What the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club calls its “Bing Crosby Season” in honor of the legendary crooner will offer 16 dates of racing through Nov. 26, mostly Thursdays through Sundays. First post Wednesday is 12:30 p.m.

The 34th Breeders’ Cup world championships, being held at Del Mar for the first time, will be Friday and Saturday.

Exercise rider Pedro Castillo reacts to a funny moment during the grooming of Imperial Hint during preparation week for the Breeders Cup at the Del Mar Racetrack. Photo by Chris Stone

The premier race on the first day will be the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff, featuring top horses in Stellar Wind, Elate, Abel Tasman and Paradise Woods.

On Saturday, the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will pit Gun Runner, who has dominated three recent Grade 1 races, against Arrogate, North America’s richest horse with more than $17.3 million in earnings. Arrogate defeated Gun Runner in two previous meetings, the Travers and Dubai World Cup.

Collected, which upset Arrogate in the Pacific Classic in August in Del Mar, is also in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Other than the Breeders’ Cup days, general admission is $6. Reserved and box seating runs an extra $4-8 depending on the day.

A limited number of Breeders’ Cup tickets remain, and can be obtained online at

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.