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Crews Scrambled to Transition from Fair to Racetrack

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Aired 4/19/09

Thousands of people are in Del Mar for the opening day of the track's six week horse racing season. The trainers haven't been the only ones racing around the track in the last week and a half. The Thoroughbred Club's Mac Mcbride says crews have scrambled to turn the County Fair venue into a race track.

McBride: It was a tough go for our crews. They were working 12, 14, 16 hour days. But they had no choice, they knew they had to get it done, so they got it done.

McBride says horses aren't the only attraction on the first day of racing. Crowds also show up to see the traditional hat competition. They give out prizes for most outlandish and most stylish. The first race got underway at two. Officials expect about 700-thousand people to see the races this year.

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