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Del Mar Set For 78th Season of Summer Racing

By Margaret Ransom

Bing Crosby Stakes 2015

Bing Crosby attends the races at Del Mar in the late 1930s. Photo:

An outstanding 10-race card, led by the traditional opening day feature, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for sophomore turf runners, kicks off the 2017 summer meet at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Solana Beach, CA, on Wednesday.

Running for the 78th season, the track where the turf literally meets the surf and one that Hollywood legend Bing Crosby built in 1937 with his pals, fellow actors Pat O’Brien, Gary Cooper, Joe E. Brown, Oliver Hardy and car dealer/leading thoroughbred owner Charles Howard (of Seabiscuit fame) has been a summer sanctuary for fans and horsemen looking to escape the heat of the North and vacation while racing by the seashore.

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