Racing Season Gallops Into Del Mar

Festivals, racing and free concerts top the bill this summer

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012  |  Updated 7:51 AM PDT
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Horses and their jockeys will compete at the Del Mar Racetrack from July 18 to Sept. 5, 2012.

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Del Mar Racing and Concerts

Not only will there be horse racing beginning today at Del Mar but there's also a great lineup of concerts. NBC 7s Megan Tevrizian talks with Josh Rubinstein, Senior VP of Development at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
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Get your hats ready: The Del Mar Racetrack opens for the season this week.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be rolling out special events, including free concerts at the track.

And what better way to kick off the season than with a little competition?
 
Hundreds of people will don glamorous caps during Opening Day at Del Mar, which kicks off the festivities with its “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest.”

From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. judges will determine which hats are the most outrageous, glamorous and fascinating.The grand prize includes two round-trip airline vouchers from American Airlines. Other winners in the five categories will receive $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

And the fun doesn’t end on Opening Day. On Saturday, July 21 the track celebrates its 75th anniversary with gifts for all racetrack attendees. Also, various artists will perform between July 20 and Sept. 5. Plus, there's a family focused event on July 29. Watch video

Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday from July 18 to Sept. 5. For more information, visit the event website.

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