Opening Day at Del Mar

It's Opening Day at the Del Mar Races, and as usual KUSI was right there in the middle of all the festivities!  The entire cast of Good Morning San Diego was live, trackside with some great interviews and of course some fabulous hats!

The 76th season of horse racing at the Del Mar
Racetrack
will get under way Wednesday afternoon at 2pm, highlighted by the annual hat contest and the
$100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds.

The 19th “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” is scheduled for
11:30 a.m. in the Plaza de Mexico, with a panel of celebrity judges
rating on
style and creativity. Categories include Best Racing Theme, Funniest or
Most
Outrageous, Most Glamorous, Best Flowers and Best Fascinator, which is a
type
of headpiece or hair accessory.

The grand prize is two American Airlines round-trip ticket
vouchers for
use anywhere in the continental U.S. that the airline flies, plus a $500
gift
basket from Studio Savvy. Category winners will receive $300, with $200 for
second place and $100 for third place.

“Each year more women and men wear hats to make a fashion
statement —
and not just on Opening Day,” said Julie Sarno, the coordinator of the
contest. “The Opening Day hats are the most fun and over the top, but
any day
of the race meet one sees men wearing fedoras and women wearing
fascinators and
hats to complete their outfits.”

The one-mile Oceanside Stakes will be the ninth race of the day.

The highlight of the 37-day meet is the $1 million TVG Pacific
Classic
on Aug. 25.

Overall, nearly $7.8 million is available in stakes races. Five
stakes
races will serve as preludes to the Breeder's Cup, horse racing's annual
fall
bonanza, which will take place this year at Santa Anita in Arcadia, near
Los
Angeles.

The Friday concert series will continue this year, beginning with
the B-
52s this week.

For the most part, racing will take place Wednesday through
Sunday, with
first post at 2 p.m. The exceptions are:

— Fridays, when first post is 4 p.m.;
— Pacific Classic day, when first post is 1 p.m.; and
— Labor Day, in which races will take place on a Monday.
The season closes on Sept. 4.

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