Today is the 17th annual Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack. There is a palpable buzz in the air, what will everyone wear? The short answer is, hats but the excitement around the Opening Day Hat contest builds because you never know what you might see when people bring out their creative best.
Although the Del Mar Racetrack opened in 1937, the celebratory Opening Day affair that we have come to love did not become a San Diego tradition until the year 2000.
In "The Great Depression" era where horse racing in America ranked second only to Major League Baseball in popularity, the Del Mar Racetrack was born. Bing Crosby had made an initial investment of $60,000 into the track which during its second season in 1938, was only attracting about 5,000 fans to each race day. It was the record breaking crowd of over 20,000 who came to witness Seabiscuit win against Ligaroti by a nose that put our track on the map and gave it the attendance and popularity boost, the Del Mar Racetrack needed to ensure its continued success.
Since its inception, the Del Mar Racetrack has evolved with the times and had sought to cater to the needs of our community. In 2000 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's marketing team was to attract youthful audience and women that the Opening Day with its fancy hat and costume contests at was born.
For many, opening day signifies the beginning of summer and is the first day of the 36 day Party that will take place in the Del Mar community. The Del Mar Racetrack season will start on July 19 and will run through September 4th.
Many believe the perfect outfit begins with the right pair of shoes. If you are attending opening day and plan to enter the hat contest, you must start to plan your perfect outfit by selecting a breathtaking hat or fascinator. There are five categories to consider: Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest/Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Flowers/All Other. The Del Mar Opening Day Hat Contest will occur on Opening Day between the hours of 11:30 am and 3:00 pm in Plaza Mexico located inside the Stretch Run Admission gate.
Look your best today on Opening Day July 19th where the "Surf meets the Turf at Del Mar."
Photographer: Studio Carre Hat c/o Felicity Stretch Linen Dress c/o Nicole Miller Turquoise and Pink Saphire Pendant c/o Royal Nomad MUA: Sumukopee Makeup Hair: Pure The Blow Out Bar Horse"Skylar" c/o Mark Conley