“Gold Coast” is standing tall at the busy intersection of Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante to greet motorists during Opening Day on July 17 and throughout the 2019 meet of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
Public Works crews installed the life-size, gold-and-silver sculpture on Tuesday. The model horse appears to be cantering across the mulch beneath the shade of a pine tree.
This year, summer horse racing runs through Sept. 2 with weekend concerts, dark days on Mondays and Tuesdays (except Sept. 2) and big crowds expected on Opening Day.
Hand-painted model horses like Gold Coast appeared in public places in Del Mar and neighboring cities during the 2017 Breeder’s Cup as part of a regional exhibit called Art of the Horse. The colorful models, 20 of them, replicated the Torrie Horse that appears on the Breeder’s Cup trophy. From July through December 2017, Gold Coast reigned over Sea Grove Park.
During the 2018 race meet, the model stood in the roundabout at Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive.
The City Council in June approved the temporary placement of the statue (PDF) at its location across from the Stable Gate of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Cheryl Pelly, a Los Angeles-based artist, created Gold Coast.
Bing Bush, Jr., Dan Sbicca, Jeffery Stoke and Kenneth Baca donated the piece to the City of Del Mar.