Another Section of Cliff Collapses in Del Mar

Another section of cliff between the train tracks and the Pacific Ocean has collapsed into the sea.  It slowed down train service throughout the morning (we noticed that as the trains passed much more slowly through Del Mar) and took out a portion of a trail used by surfers to get to the beach.

Del Mar Cliff Collapse December 10, 2018

This is at least the 4th partial collapse in recent months.  One has to wonder how much longer the Amtrack and Coaster trains will be able to operate safely on the same tracks …

City of Del Mar Contractors Using Deadly Chemicals in Public Spaces

Fusilade Used by City of Del Mar ContractorsThe following is an email I sent to Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth on September 7, 2018:

Hi Scott – I hope all is well.

This morning on her 2nd birthday, I was walking my daughter down to the tot lot by the beach.

We stopped to check our mail at the post office and then continued down 15th toward Coast Blvd.  I started smelling noxious chemicals – and then noticed one of the landscapers working on the corner (I assume it is City property) was spraying weed killer.  Before we were overcome with it, I turned around went back up the block and crossed the street.

I have a few questions for you:

1. Were these workers there on a City contract?
2. Does the City know they are using chemical weed killers and spraying them in public without notice or regard to the environment?
3.  Is the City of Del Mar ok with this?
4.  Is anyone thinking about where those chemicals end up?  Gutters, drains, sewers, beach and ocean ….

And most importantly,

5) What can be done to ensure that my daughter is never exposed to dangerous chemicals like in Del Mar again?

Thank you,

Joe Kennedy

To Scott’s credit, he answered the email on the same day, saying the City of Del Mar takes these types of things very seriously and that he would look into it…..   Continue reading “City of Del Mar Contractors Using Deadly Chemicals in Public Spaces”

Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Return to Del Mar in 2021

Del Mar Breeder's Cup

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, has announced that Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California will be the host site for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6. This will be the second time that Del Mar – where the Turf meets the Surf – will serve as the event’s host site – after last year’s successful debut as host of the Breeder’s Cup. Continue reading “Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Return to Del Mar in 2021”

Care2 Petition To Shut Down Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Care2 petition is calling on the California Horse Racing Board to shut down racing at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club after racing horse Irish Spring died from injuries sustained from a fall during a race over the weekend. Two weeks prior a second horse died after going into cardiac arrest while training. The Care2 petition has gathered 18,000 signatures since launch.

Care2 PetitionCare2 Petition To Shut Down Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

“These horses are pushed to and beyond their physical limits, all for sport,” states the Care2 petition. “Not only that, but a lot of people are making a great deal of money off the backs of horses like Irish Spring. They are beat to go faster and harder than they should.”

According to, “Numbers from the Jockey Club equine injury database covering a one-year period show that one of every 500 Thoroughbred starts at North American racetracks results in a fatal injury. This represents about 800 deaths. Reporting is voluntary with 85% of race tracks participating.” Continue reading “Care2 Petition To Shut Down Del Mar Thoroughbred Club”

Opening Day at Del Mar is Wednesday July 18th

Horse Racing Starts Wednesday in Opening Day at Del Mar Where the Turf Meets the Surf

Big Hat Opening Day at Del MarWhether you love horse racing or not, Opening Day at Del Mar is something that everyone should experience.  The excitement of a new season of racing, the fancy clothes the over the top hats – the hat contest alone makes the trip to Opening Day at Del Mar well worth the time and effort.  Some of the hats get CRAZY – I mean CRAAAAAAAZY ….  The women get all dressed and primed (and a few of the dudes too).  It’s super hard to accurately describe all the fun – you just have to experience it yourself.

Many people travel from afar to attend Opening Day at Del Mar, but especially for locals, it is an event I would not want to miss.  I hope to see you on Wednesday, where the Turf Meets the Surf.

Everyone knows that the real kickoff to the summer season is Opening Day at Del Mar. And that means it’s time to pick out the perfect outfit and join us for the biggest summer party on the West coast, Wednesday, July 18 – complete with a special appearance by David Hasselhoff. Opening Day brings together the perfect mix of gorgeous people, stunning fashion, and magnificent Thoroughbreds where the turf meets the surf at Del Mar.

Publisher’s Note:  For 1/2 price admission every day of the racing season, download the Del Mar Mobile App and join the Diamond Club (it’s free).

Del Mar Investment Firm Cazador Acquires More Multifamily Properties in San Diego

Cazador Investments San Diego aerialAccording to a post at, Del Mar – based Cazador Investments, LLC has closed on five separate acquisitions across San Diego County in the last nine months, totaling 44 multifamily units and 4 commercial spaces in several desirable submarkets. Hunter Beaumont, President of Cazador, comments, “These acquisitions were each situational opportunities where we could get into strong value-add candidates in attractive areas and at a great basis. Discount to replacement cost is one of our most important metrics, and these assets were all acquired at a substantial discount to what it would cost to build them today.”

The five assets range between 3 and 22 units 

Continue reading “Del Mar Investment Firm Cazador Acquires More Multifamily Properties in San Diego”

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Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016 is July 15th

Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016Friday July 15th is Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016

More than 40,000 race fans are expected to attend what’s defined as one of the most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities in the west – Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016 at Del Mar. This day is not only about big bets and fast horses, but celebrating the season in style. Fashion-minded guests may participate in Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016’s annual tradition, the Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016 Hats Contest where entrants compete for cash prizes and judged on creativity and style.

Personally, I have been to quite a few Del Mar Racetrack Opening Days.  I love to see all the women dressed to the nines and wearing their fancy hats!  Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016 will be the first time that I have ever taken a woman to opening day – and it will be my (very) pregnant wife, Stacia Kennedy.  She’s going to trip out!

We may not stay for all the races, as we do not have reserved seats, but we are both very much looking forward to the spectacle of Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016.

Hot Tip: Download the Del Mar Mobil App

Del Mar Mobil App on iOS

Del Mar Mobil App for Android

When you download the Del Mar Mobile App and join the Del Mar Diamond Club, it saves you half price on admissions for all race days, including Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016.  Del Mar Diamond Club members also get exclusive offers – including free admission on certain days.

Having the Del Mar mobile app on your phone also allows you makes bets, see results and the toteboard all from your phone or mobile device when you are on the grounds at Del Mar.

The Del Mar mobile app and membership for the Del Mar Diamond Club are completely free, so it’s really a double no-brainer.  Download the Del Mar mobile app and join the Del Mar Diamond Club today – and we will see you at Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2016 tomorrow!