Get Your Bets And Your Best Attire Ready…It’s Opening Day At Del Mar!

Dust off your wildest hat, grab your best suit and join us for big bets and fast horses at Opening Day at Del Mar this Wednesday, July 17th.

It’s all about the hats…

Make sure to participate in the famous Opening Day Hats Contest tradition where contestants can enter to win cash prizes. Enter in the Plaza de Mexico before 3 PM for your chance to win big!

…And the parties!

Ok…let’s get real…for 90% of people attending the races it’s an opportunity to party! And there will be plenty of opportunity to do so!

In addition to the cocktails being served at the track, big parties happen every year at L’Auberge in Del Mar, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, and at The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia – all beautiful venues to display your opening-day best!

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If you can’t make it to any of those, check out the bars and restaurants around Del Mar for a slightly less over-the-top scene, but lots of opening-day specials.

Horse safety

It’s hard to write about opening day without at least mentioning the issue of horse safety. Horse racing in Southern California has been in the spotlight over the last year due to the horrible number of horse deaths at the track at Santa Anita.

It should be noted that the Del Mar racetrack has put a big focus on safety over the last several years – rennovating their track and their policies – to attempt to maximize horse safet. The results so far are very positive as reported in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

We don’t have enough knowledge of the safety issue to have a horse in the race ourselves (oh come on…that was good), so we are just going to hope for a safe and enjoyable day for everyone!

See you there!


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