Legacy Brick

$150.00

Commemorate a special person or occasion in perpetuity
– starting at $150!

The Don Diego Legacy Brick program enables you to create a customized brick that will be permanently enshrined at the Don Diego Legacy Fountain located in the Plaza de Mexico at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Your purchase enables Don Diego to continue providing educational scholarships and grants.

  • Commemorate a blue ribbon at the Fair, a win at the Races, a fun family reunion at the Fairgrounds or any memorable moment.
  • Your attractive, nutmeg or tumbleweed-colored brick will become part of an enduring legacy at the Fairgrounds.
  • Custom-design your brick online, including size, color, text and images.
  • Prices begin at just $150. You also can order a replica brick for your home or office.

Your Legacy starts here!

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“My brick features two of my favorite things: the San Diego County Fair and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club logos.”

Del Mar Fairgrounds Employee Larry Tessary
… “62 years and counting”

Legacy of Love Begins on Track

The odds-on favorite at the Del Mar Racetrack on November 18, 2017 was not a horse, but a young San Marcos couple deeply in love. On this warm and sunny, picture-perfect morning, romance was in the air … and at the Don Diego Legacy Brick Fountain at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Michael Pettinato, 26, orchestrated his marriage proposal to perfection. First he purchased and customized a brick with a heart inscribed: “Katie Brown, 2017: Will You Marry Me? –Michael Pettinato.” Then he invited their families to “hide” above the Fountain where, promptly at 11:30 am, he entered the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Stretch Run Gate with Katie, fibbing that he wanted to show her a Don Diego Legacy Brick his mother had bought for installation at the Fountain. Michael led Katie to the spot, unveiled the brick, got down on one knee, popped open up a jewelry box to reveal a gorgeous engagement ring, and popped the question: “Katie: will you marry me?”

Astonished to tears, Katie Brown, 25, screamed, “YES!” As they embraced and kissed, their families cheered. Even race fans walking by who typically would be buried in betting odds applauded and extended their good wishes to the ecstatic couple. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club graciously hosted the entire Pettinato and Brown families for an afternoon they will not soon forget.

Once Katie caught her breath, the bride-to-be confided, “I’ve been hoping Michael would ask me to marry him. This very morning, I had a weird feeling and thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if he proposed at the track?’ But I had no idea he actually would!”

Michael said that a couple years ago, he had come to the track and was impressed by the Fountain’s many bricks celebrating memorable moments and special people. “I read the inscriptions and thought wow, great idea – installing a personalized brick in a beautiful place – it’s something that will last forever.”

Like true love.

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