The 26th running of the $1 million Pacific Classic, sponsored by Television Games (TVG), returns Saturday to Del Mar.
Big-name rivals California Chrome and Dortmund - and perhaps superstar mare and defending winner Beholder - will battle for high stakes at the 11/4-mile signature race.
There will be 11 races (the Classic is Race 9), including two additional stakes races.
Trot on over to the Classic’s inaugural Pizza & Beer Fest at the concert area. Mobile pizzerias will serve made-to-order pizzas to pair with more than 100 craft beers, including hard-to-find specialty brews. $20 buys you five 7-ounce beer tastings. Admission to the fest is free with track admission of $6.
Between 6 and 6:10 p.m. Saturday (first race at 2 p.m.; gates open at 11:30 a.m.). Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. General admission $6-$10. Reserved seats $15. (858) 755-1141 or dmtc.com