Concerts fill summer at racetrack

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Racetrack announced the lineup for its 2012 Summer Concert Series. Celebrating 75 years of summer racing and entertainment this year, the track will host more concerts than ever before, including a special Latin show.The 2012 Summer Concert Series will include:

— July 20 – Wavves

— July 27 – Dashboard Confessional

— July 29 – Los Tucanes de Tijuana

— Aug. 3 – Steel Pulse

— Aug. 4 – Cake

— Aug. 10 – The Offspring

— Aug. 17 – Michael Franti & Spearhead

— Aug. 18 – Ben Harper

— Aug. 24 – Jimmy Cliff

— Aug. 31 – Ozomatli

— Sept. 1 – Ziggy Marley

Racing fans will return to the Seaside Stage, at the west end of the Grandstand, to catch shows held every Friday and select Saturdays and Sundays from July 18 through Sept. 5. Del Mar’s concerts are free with racetrack admission purchased prior to the last race, an exceptional value as admission starts at just $3 for Diamond Club members (free to sign up) and $6 without Diamond Club membership. Admission for concertgoers entering after the final race is $20.

This year’s entertainment calendar highlights include Del Mar’s 75th anniversary celebration July 21, the Gourmet Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival July 28 and the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 26. Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday, with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. On Fridays first post is at 4 p.m.

For more information, call (858) 755-1141 or visit