My Favorite Things 42

Joe Harper | President & CEO | Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Since assuming management of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Joe Harper has guided the historic track through a period of unparalleled growth and success, overseeing Del Mar’s emergence as one of the nation’s top racetracks while preserving its elegant, yet casual, ambiance, which makes it unique.

Childhood memory: (1951) Being chased by a panther while filming a scene for the film The Greatest Show on Earth

Inspirational quote: (1951) My agent, ”Don’t worry kid, you can out run the panther.”

Hidden talent: Acquired 1952. Ability to never believe a Hollywood agent.

Best place to hang out in Del Mar: I’m kind of fond of the racetrack.

Experience with Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: For 40 years, it has been the greatest ride of my life. The people that work here are amazing. I look forward to coming to work every day.

Summer events: Our Friday night concerts, of course.

Book author: I’m a fan of David Baldacci.

Local restaurant: Red Tracton’s. Get the ribs.

Vacation spot: Pretty much anywhere in Italy.

Charity: The San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club. They do an incredible job serving hundreds of kids.

Family activity: We have four daughters and nine grandchildren. I’m in charge of making sure the grandkids do all the things their mothers did. Payback’s a bitch.

Advice on professional success: Find something you like, keep your sense of humor and surround yourself with smart people that all get along. Passion will most always lead to profit.