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Style and Studs - Opening Day at the Del Mar Race Track

Opening Day at the Del Mar Race Track

As one of the biggest and most fashionable events in San Diego, Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack attracts a sea of the local who's who crowd. An expected 45,000 guests will be in attendance today all decked out in the hottest hats and fashions of the season. Men will be dressed to impress and women will be wearing sky high heels and strutting their best Kate Middleton inspired hats for the festivities. 

The days events start at 11:30am for the 19th annual "One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest". This is a contest you won't want to miss with a panel of celebrity judges and incredible prizes including two American Airlines round-trip tickets, gift baskets worth as much as $500 and cash. Don your best swanky sombrero or go for the more tailored topper for a chance to win big at the opening day hat contest.

If you're here for the horses, races will be happening Wednesday through Sunday July 17 - Sept. 4th. Most days the race action starts at 2pm so put a fun twist of your sunny afternoon in San Diego this race season with an exciting trip to the Del Mar Racetrack. Watch as the elegant thoroughbreds make a mad dash towards the finish line and get in on the excitement and anticipation of the horse races in San Diego.

The Summer Concert Series will also be taking place after the last race every Friday and Saturday night featuring big names like The B-52s, Weezer and Ziggy Marley. Get in on all the race season fun in San Diego starting TODAY!

Popular San Diego hotels near the Del Mar Racetrack:

  • L'Auberge Del Mar: Home to the biggest and best opening day after party, L'Auberge Del Mar offers beachfront luxury accommodations just minutes from the racetrack.
  • The Grand Del Mar: San Diego's only 5-star resort, the Grand Del Mar is the best of the best with award winning restaurants, a full service spa and fun activities like horseback riding, tennis and golf in San Diego's North County foothills.
  • Hilton Del Mar: Located directly across the street from the Del Mar Racetrack, the Hilton Del Mar is the most convenient hotel to book for race fans. This hotel features a heated pool and fitness center as well as complimentary shuttle service within five miles of the hotel.

For more information contact the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club at (858)755-1141