San Diego Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

San Diego Del Mar Racetrack  Opening Day 2012

When: Wednesday, July 18 and Gates open at 11:30 AM

Where: Del Mar Racetrack

Description: More than 45,000+ race fans are expected to attend what’s defined as one of the most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities in the west — Opening Day at Del Mar. This day is not only about big bets and fast horses, but celebrating the season in style. Fashion-minded guests participate in Del Mar’s annual tradition “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” where entrants are judged on creativity and style.

Tickets: Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at


  • Festivities will kick off with the Coors Light Opening Day Party at 11:30 a.m. in the Seaside Cabana and Seaside Stage area. There will be music by a DJ, games and activities, along with private wagering windows and a big-screen video board. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets for the party are $30.

  • At the same time, entries will start being taken for the annual One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest near the fountain in the Plaza de Mexico. Judges award prizes based on hats’ creativity and style in five categories: Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, Most Glamorous, Best Flowers/All Others and Best Fascinator, a new category that features headpieces attached by a clip or headband.

  • Other planned activities at the track include a performance of the national anthem at 1 p.m.; the Hippity-Hop Derby, in which Camp Del Mar participants bounce on large balls in a race down the stretch; and a special guest’s rendition of “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” as part of Sing With Bing.

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