Run, Ponies, Run: A Del Mar Stayover Deal

Haven't clip-clopped to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club yet? There's a stayover deal at Cape Rey in Carlsbad.

THE DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED CLUB SEASON... vrooms as quickly as a well-primed thoroughbred at the front of the pack. One minute you're shopping for your fancy, over-the-top chapeau -- or even having a milliner make you an opening day hat to your specifications -- and the next minute the horses are heading off to the paddock for the last time of the season. We're just at about the halfway point, or a little past, and while classics like Donuts Day and the Food Truck Festival and great shows from bands like Steel Pulse are still to come, that ol' Labor Day Monday, when the club's light dim for the last time of the summer, will come as quickly as a speedy set of hooves. So what will you do? You can definitely head to the ocean-close landmark for a few hours, the better to jump up and down, excitedly, as your pick rounds the curve, or you can rest up, nearby, from all the excited jumping up and down at...

CAPE REY: The Carlsbad-based resort has several summer-nice packages on, but one is focused on its mane-magnificent neighbor. The Pony Package deal includes a pair of classic juleps ahead of the race you're off to see, or, if minty sips aren't your thing, then mimosas. You'll also score a picnic pack, too, so your vittles'll be lined up for race day. And, perhaps sweetest of all, you'll catch a ride from the Hilton property to the track and back, so finding parking won't even need cross your mind. Sunscreen, a racing form, and other "in-room amenities" await.

SADDLE UP: August is flapping away like reins dancing on a windy day, so finding some Del Mar Thoroughbred Club time, and a nice place to stay as part of the your trip to the track, should happen forthwith. No fancy hat is required, like opening day, but no one is going to stop you from donning old-school track wear, like seersucker or a breezy dress. It is, after all, a fabled and historic place to cheer on the ponies. Why not make the most of it?

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