Crosby Season at Del Mar has makings of a new tradition

DEL MAR (KUSI) – The saying "Where the Turf Meets the Surf" has long signified the start of summer–warmer weather, longer days and dashing from work early to meet friends at the track.

Now, however, the phrase is being uttered well into late October–and San Diegans aren’t complaining. 

Del Mar’s second go at a fall meet begins Thursday.

Dubbed the "Bing Crosby Meet," the second racing season of the year at Del Mar offers all the excitement of the summer meet as well as cooler temps and a decidedly fall feel. 

Opening day festivities include a "Hollywood Fashion Contest” offering more than $3,000 in prizes. The three categories are most glamorous, best- dressed couple or most debonair man, and best look-alike of a celebrity or famous character.

The grand prize is a two-night stay at L’Auberge Del Mar in a coastal room, plus dinner and breakfast for two. Beginning at 11 a.m., race goers can fill out an entry form and have their picture taken. The entry deadline is 1:30 p.m. Winners will be selected by representatives of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club based on creativity, fashion style and total ensemble.

The winners announced after the fifth race. The first and second place winners in each category must be present to win.

What: Opening Day for the Bing Crosby Meet

Where: The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

When: Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Races during the Bing Crosby Meet will begin at 12:30 p.m. most days with races on the Del Mar track starting at 12:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday due to the Breeders’ Cup, which will be shown on track TVs.

For how long: Through Nov. 29, including racing starting at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving day.

Betting: The 50-cent Trifecta will make its California debut Thursday. Betters are required to select the first three finishers in a race in order. It had been previously offered at the $1 level. The Trifecta will be offered on every race on every card. General admission is $6. Reserve seating costs an additional $8 today and Saturdays, $6 on Sundays and $4 on Fridays and the meet’s other Thursdays.

Parking: General parking is $10.

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