Photo Gallery: Opening Day Hats At Del Mar Racetrack
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Photo by Angela Carone / KPBS
PHOTO GALLERY: Hats! Hats! Hats!
The fashionable and the fabulous gathered at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to open the 71st season of horse racing at the legendary track. The ambitious hat wearers entered the "One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest'' to compete for the Bing Crosby Grand Prize of two round-trip airline vouchers to anywhere in the US.
Opening day of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's 71st racing season brought the traditional array of millinery delights to the fairgrounds. Women and men wore hats of all sizes and styles as they gathered under overcast skies.
Opening day always includes a contest for the fashionably adventurous and competitive, known as the "One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest." Prizes are given to winners in four categories: most glamorous, funniest/most outrageous, best racing theme, and best fresh flowers.
I mingled with my camera to capture the loveliest, strangest, funniest, and most elaborate hats in the mix. Check out our exclusive Culture Lust gallery of photos.
The Del Mar racing season lasts 37 days, running through September 8. There is no racing on Mondays, except for Labor Day, and Tuesdays. First post is at 2 p.m., except on Fridays, when races start at 4 p.m.
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