On July 17, 2013, more than 45,000 race fans are expected to flock to the Del Mar Racetrack for what’s hailed as the best beachside bash in the west – Opening Day at Del Mar. Hundreds of fashion-minded guests participate in Del Mar’s illustrious “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest.” A parade of eye-popping creations, this celebration is an annual tradition that gets the nod from spectators and fashionistas alike.
Racing is held daily, except Monday and Tuesdays, with post time for the first race on most days at 2:00 pm. On Fridays first post is at 4:00 pm.
Opening Day will also be highlighted by the unique One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest. The wearing of hats is a tradition on Opening Day at Del Mar. Hats contest entrants will be judged on creativity and style by a panel of celebrity judges.
Sign up between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm in the Plaza de Mexico located just inside the Stretch Run admission gates. Be sure to watch the Hats Parade featuring all the contestants at 3:00 pm.
1) Most Glamorous
2) Best Fascinator
3) Best Racing Theme
4) Funniest or Most Outrageous
5) Best Flowers/All Others
Bing Crosby Grand Prize:
Two Round-Trip Airline Vouchers to anywhere in the U.S. aboard American Airlines (Some restrictions apply) and a $500 Studio Savvy Gift Basket featuring $250 in product and $250 in services.
First place in each category-$300 and $100 Studio Savvy Gift Certificate
Second place in each category-$200 and $50 Village Hat Shop Gift Certificate
Third place in each category-$100 and Jersey Mikes Gift Card
All Hats Contest entrants receive two free admission passes for a future visit to the races.
Del Mar, CA 92014
Date: July 17, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Price: Stretch Run Admission: $10
Clubhouse Admission: $20