Del Mar Racecourse is a leading American horse racing facility located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds near the beach city of Del Mar in California. It is one of the most noteworthy gaming facilities as it is the second biggest equestrian sporting location in the western part of the United States – with a crowd capacity of over 44,000. Managed and owned by the California State under a lease by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar is widely regarded for the inspiring slogans: "Where The Turf Meets The Surf" and yet another mantra - "Cool as Ever." It was built by an association that included great names such as Bing Crosby, notable thespians Pat O'Brien, the timeless Gary Cooper, Joe Brown, Charles Howard and the irresistible Oliver Hardy.
When Del Mar launched in the early months 1937, Bing Crosby was at the gates to personally salute the electrified fans. On 12th August 1938, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club staged a $25,000 champion-take-all rival racing between Charles Howard's Seabiscuit and the Binglin Stable's pony, Ligaroti. In an epoch when equine racing listed second in good reputation with Americans to Major League Baseball, the competition was much documented and spoken about and was the very first countrywide transmission of a Thoroughbred Equestrian championship by the NBC radio station. In the heated race, Seabiscuit was ably ridden by a popular jockey named George Woolf and another well-trained horse called Ligaroti that was steered by Noel Richardson. Before a cheerful crowd that greatly publicized the fledgeling Del Mar’s success and fame, Seabiscuit registered an exhilarating encounter by a nose.
By mid-1940, Del Mar became an outstanding summer recreational area for many high-flying Hollywood movie stars. Sometime between 1942 and 1944, the venue was shut down due to the unfolding emergency of the Second World War that affected many other sporting centres in both the United States. Originally, the closed racing grounds were generally used for military training by the United States Marine Corps, and later as an industrial site for ammunition accessories to B-17 bombers.
The maiden Bing Crosby Stakes was staged at Del Mar in 1946 and that very year the Santa Fe Railroad started providing a racecourse special that brought together thousands of spectators, hundreds of gamblers, and a huge number of horses to Del Mar from the Los Angeles region. All through the latter months of the 1940s and 1950s, the now widely famous track was viewed as the legendary Saratoga of the West as summertime racing events gained momentum. The racetrack had huge purses for several stakes, with a large number of the stakes events were famously won by the renowned jockey named Bill Shoemaker.
During the 1960s and early 1970s, Del Mar maintained high-quality sporting and thus continued being one of the most prestigious racecourses in the United States. The race track tried to manage a fall meeting in the mid1960s but a little later delayed it after registering a lacklustre outcome. This created time for the construction of the Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita Racecourse. Even today, high quality of racing events continue to be provided at this excellent state-of-the-art facility. As such, very few American centres can rival the magnificence of Del Mar Racecourse.
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