Thursdays are good days for seniors at Del Mar this summer and a pair of them -- the first (July 23) and last (September 3) of the meet -- are especially sweet.

Those two Thursdays will provide all seniors with both free Stretch Run admission and a free Stretch Run reserved seat, as the track salutes its fans aged 62 and up. Additionally, a free program is part of the mix.

Besides the two special Thursdays, seniors who are members of the track’s Diamond Club will be granted both free admission and a racing program by showing their cards on any other Thursday during the 37-day stand.

Diamond Club cards can be obtained at no cost by a simple sign-up process that usually takes only a few minutes. All racing fans can apply for the cards -- which are activated instantly -- both outside and inside the racetrack throughout the summer. Those wishing to sign up in advance of the season can do so at Del Mar’s ITW facility -- Surfside Race Place on the Del Mar Fairgrounds. On racing days other than Thursday, the Diamond Club card ensures seniors 50% off admission price, while the card is good for 50% off admission on every racing day for all non-seniors.

The track’s season begins on Wednesday, July 22 and runs through Wednesday, September 9. Racing will be conducted on a Wednesday through Sunday basis.

Full-Season Del Mar Discount Passes Offer Excellent Value

For the first time, Del Mar is offering high-value, full-season passes to its 37-day meeting at a greatly reduced price that makes any fan an instant winner.

The passes are selling for only $25 for Stretch Run admission and $50 on the Clubhouse side, good for all afternoons from the Wednesday, July 22 opening to the Wednesday, September 9 close.

Normal Stretch Run admission is $6 per day, while Clubhouse prices are $10.

The discount passes must be purchased prior to the start of the meeting. They can be obtained either by coming to the track’s advance sales window, or ordering on-line at (click on “Tickets,” then “Order Tickets and Reserved Seats”). Payment can be made by either cash or by using the following credit cards – VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express.