Everything you need to know about Del Mar Races Opening Day 2021

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s Opening Day at Del Mar and KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego team was broadcasting live from the racetrack all morning.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO, Joe Harper, joined KUSI’s Lauren Phinney and Paul Rudy on the set to discuss all the changes people will see this year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Most notably, tickets are much more limited than past years.

But as always, there will be another hat contest! KUSI’s Lauren Phinney spoke with hat designer Christine Moore! She explained the trendy theme this year is colorful celebration, but added that white is always in style.

And since fashion is a big thing at Opening Day, KUSI’s Kacey McKinnon spoke with the owner of Studio Savvy, Deena Von Yokes, and some models and local designers who showcased some designer outfits. Von Yokes explained Opening Day outfits have, “some degree of costume.”

KUSI’s Mark Mathis ventured into the ‘Silk Room,’ where all the jockey’s silks are stored. He was joined by Mac McBride, who explained how they are designed and what they mean.

And one of the only female jockeys, Jessica Pyfer, joined KUSI’s Paul Rudy and Lauren Phinney on the set to discuss how she and the other jockeys prepare for Opening Day of racing season.

We couldn’t visit the racetrack without speaking to a professional horseplayer. Christian Helmers joined KUSI’s Paul Rudy and Lauren Phinney on the set to share some insight into the myriads of different kinds of bets people can place as they enjoy Opening Day, and the rest of the racing season.

(Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn to see how they pay out the winners!)

But most importantly, the Del Mar Races brings a huge economic boost to the surrounding community. Each racing season creates an estimated 5,000 jobs, and brings thousands of people in from other areas. After the coronavirus pandemic, the economic boost this year may be more important than ever.

Later on Good Morning San Diego, KUSI Contributor Sully Sullivan touched on the same topic, emphasizing the importance of tourism to San Diego and Del Mar’s economy.

Luckily, you won’t go hungry as you spend a few hours at the track. Brandt Beef is for sale at the concessions! KUSI’s Mark Mathis spoke with the Executive Chef, Barry Schneider, about the delicious plates that will be available.

Last but not least, one of our personal favorite segments from this special edition of Good Morning San Diego, the money room! With millions of dollars of bets being placed, they have to have some cash on hand to pay out the winners. KUSI’s Kacey McKinnon went inside the money room and held $1,000,000!

Goodbye from KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego team!

Plus, KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego team posted some fun moments to their personal social profiles:

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