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L’Auberge Del Mar Party on Friday, August 17, to Benefit Winners Foundation

DEL MAR, Calif. (August 2, 2018) – L’Auberge Del Mar will host this year’s Pacific Classic Party in collaboration with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Friday, August 17, the highlight event of Del Mar’s racing season and benefitting the Winners Foundation. The celebration will acknowledge Martine Bellocq, who will be awarded the prestigious 15th Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award the following day when the track runs its signature race, the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic. Bellocq is being honored for her heroism on December 7, 2017, when she raced through fires at the San Luis Rey training site to help rescue most of the 400 thoroughbreds that were trapped in eight burning barns.


The Pacific Classic Party on August 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. will be held at L’Auberge Del Mar’s outdoor Coastline, Bleu Bar, Sunset Terrace and Pacific Terrace. Doors open for registration at 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Executive Vice President Craig Dado and racing expert Michelle Yu will honor Bellocq and all the heroes of the San Luis Rey Fire, as well as lead a live auction to benefit the Winners Foundation.


The David Shyde Trio will provide entertainment throughout the evening while guests enjoy passed bites from Chef Nathan Lingle, craft beers and featured liquor drinks at pay bars, including this year’s signature cocktail, Del Mar Julep made with Angel’s Envy Bourbon.


An extra pre- and post-event will be a Christine A. Moore Millinery Pop-up on Friday, August 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Christine Moore, hat designer to the stars and “milliner to the Triple Crown,” will feature exquisite headpieces to flaunt at the races.


Tickets for the Pacific Classic Party are $150 per person. Ticket prices include bites and music, and proceeds benefit Winners Foundation. To purchase tickets, visit


Where:             L’Auberge Del Mar

                        1540 Camino Del Mar

                        Del Mar, CA 92014




About Winners Foundation

Winners Foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide information, support and referral services for employees and family members of the California Horse Racing community. Their primary purpose is to assist men and women whose personal and professional lives, and those of their loved ones, are being affected adversely as a result of substance use disorder, mental illness, compulsive gambling and other issues creating crisis in their lives.


About The Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award

The Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award, which has gone to such racetrack notables as Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, California Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman and Zenyatta’s owners Jerry and Ann Moss, is awarded to those who have served the sport “with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction.”


About L’Auberge Del Mar

Located in the heart of the coastal Southern California village Del Mar, L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean offering a resort experience reminiscent of a private seaside estate. This intimate hotel, presents 121 guest rooms and suites, refreshing dining options, a full service beach house-style 5,000-square-foot spa, a private path for easy beach access, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center and a peaceful pool area with leisure and whirl pools. An array of dining and drink selections includes the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, Coastline for waterfront al fresco dining, the lively poolside Bleu Bar for libations and nibbles and The Living Room Bar, a hub for socializing and people watching, serving handcrafted cocktails and tasty appetizers. For more information, please visit


Media Contact: Marguarite Clark Public Relations

Marguarite Clark (949) 295-2801

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