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The Horses Are Out at Del Mar Track

The Horses Are Out at Del Mar Track
Thoroughbred racing returned to the Del Mar Racetrack for its 75th season today, kicking off with the 20th annual hats contest and the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes.

The hats contest, an opening day fixture in the Plaza de Mexico,
features categories like Best Racing Theme, Funniest/Most Outrageous, Most
Glamorous, Best Flowers/All Others, and Best Fascinator -- a wool, lace or
feather alternative to a hat.

  The top prize in each category is $300, plus a $100 gift certificate
from the Studio Savvy salon. Second place is $200 and third place, $100.

 A grand prize winner will receive a two-night stay at The Grand Del Mar
hotel and dinner for two, valued at more than $1,000, along with a $500 gift
certificate from The Village Hat Shop.

The race season runs through Sept. 3 and this year, a 15-date mini-
season will be held in November.

"Our fall race meeting starting this year will be totally separate from
our summer session,'' said Del Mar Thoroughbred Club president and CEO Joe
Harper.

"They will be two different animals. We know our summer meet is a
winner -- we've proven it over and over again. And we expect our autumn run can
be special, too, in its own way.''

The annual highlight of the summer racing season, the $1 million TVG
Pacific Classic, is set for Aug. 24.

 Races are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, with the first-race post
time at 2 p.m. most days. On Fridays, the first post is 4 p.m.

On opening day, clubhouse admission will be $20 and stretch run
admission $10. Admission prices will be $10 for the clubhouse and $6 for the
stretch run on all other days.

The North County Transit District will operate two additional southbound
trains today, which will leave the Oceanside Transit Station at 11:30 a.m.
and 6:35 p.m.

During the season, the agency will offer a "Pony Express''
ticket, which for $11 includes round-trip fare on the Coaster and Sprinter
trains, along with the Breeze bus, plus stretch run admission and a free
shuttle between the Solana Beach Coaster station and the racetrack.

The racing season traditionally begins on Wednesday but was pushed back
one day to prepare the track following the San Diego County Fair.

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