Concerts light up racetrack on final weekend

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Racetrack is keeping summer hot throughout August by bringing fans face-to-face with the biggest names in entertainment and Thoroughbred racing.
Summer’s concerts hit the stage with urban-Latino band Ozomatli heating things up Friday and Weezer rocking the Infield Stage Saturday. Racing enthusiasts will get their last chance to meet and greet some of Del Mar’s famous faces during the season’s final Donuts Day Aug. 21.
A Friday Happy Hour and the Ozomatli concert kicks the weekend off right with $5 margaritas and $2 off call drinks, draft beers, and house wine, until 5 p.m Aug. 20. The summer concert series continues after the last race with Ozomatli and their musical fusion of hip-hop, Salsa, Samba and funk.
The last Donuts Day is from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 21 in the Seaside Terrace area at the West end of the Grandstand. Visitors can catch a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Thoroughbred racing while enjoying free coffee, orange juice and donuts. Track announcer Trevor Denman will host a question-and-answer session with jockey Joel Rosario and trainer John Sadler during the morning workouts.
The Beer Fest and Weezer Concert is Aug. 21 as the infield hosts an all-day party as patrons can sample more than 75 beers. Immediately following the last race, prolific American alternative rock band Weezer will perform on the Infield Stage. The Beer Fest and concert are free with a $6 Stretch Run general admission, and a tasting wristband good for five 7-ounce beers is $15.
Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesdays through Sundays, with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. On Fridays first post is at 4 p.m. for the first four Fridays of the season and 3:30 p.m. for the last three. There will be a special Monday racing card on Labor Day, September 6. For more information, call (858) 755-1141 or visit www.delmarscene.com.

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