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. DMTC.com

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.