Del Mar Racetrack’s Opening Day

Del Mar Racetrack’s Opening Day is upon us again! If you’re looking for an opportunity to get dressed up, bet on some horses and take a day off from the kids, then this is something you won’t want to miss.

Opening Day will be held this Wednesday, July 17, from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM. Admission ranges from $10 for Stretch Run Admission, to $20 for Clubhouse Admission (regular season admission is $6 for Stretch Run and $10 for Clubhouse). Stretch Run seats are outdoor, shaded but west of the finish line, whereas Clubhouse seats are east of the finish line.

Not only will there be bets to be made on fast horses, but there are opportunities to flaunt your fashionista style as well! On opening day, Del Mar’s annual, “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” takes place from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the Plaza de Mexico. There will also be a hat parade at 3:00 PM, so come out and see the ladies flaunt their creativity and style.Hat contest opening day

The hats are judged by five categories: most glamorous, best fascinator, best racing theme, funniest or most outrageous, and best flowers/all others. First place in each category grants you $300 and a $100 Studio Savvy gift certificate, second place grants $200 and a $50 Village Hat Shop gift certificate, and third place grants $100 and a Jersey Mike’s gift card. All participants receive two free admission passes for future race days. And for the overall winner, the Bing Crosby Grand Prize is two round-trip airline vouchers to the location of your choosing the U.S. with American Airlines and a $500 Studio Savvy gift basket, which features half in products and half in services! With all these great prizes, who wouldn’t want to enter?

Another awesome feature of the races is the Summer Concert Series. Every Friday and a few sporadic Saturdays and Sundays starting July 19, the Del Mar Racetrack puts on a free concert for for fans attending the races. The Series boasts artists like The B-52s, Weezer and Iration, to name a few!

If you can’t make it out to Opening Day, don’t worry because the races are here to stay! The season ends September 4, 2013. Races are held daily, except for Mondays and Tuesdays.

Will you be going to Opening Day? What do you think about entering the “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest?” Let us know your plans with a comment!

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over one-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. Follow her blogs to find out about new La Jolla businesses, events, giveaways, and much more! (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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