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Wednesday, July 17th

Gates Open: 11:30 AM
First Post:    2 PM - 10 races

Wednesday, July 17

Opening Day

Opening Day              Dust off your wildest hat, grab your best suit and join us for Opening Day at Del Mar on Wednesday, July 17th. This day is not only about big bets and fast horses, but celebrating the season in style. Make sure to put your best hat forward and participate in the famous Opening Day Hats Contest tradition where contestants can enter to win cash prizes.    Wednesday, July 17  Gates Open 11:30 AM  First Race 2:00 PM  Hat Contest Entries Close 3:00 PM                 Tickets                Tables - Sold Out • Seating - Going Fast • Admissions • The Party • After Party                   

Wednesday, July 17

Hats Contest

Opening Day Hats Contest              Follow your sense of fabulousness and create a hat worthy of Opening Day fame. You could win a share of more than $5,000 in prizes in one of five categories: Best Racing Theme, Most Glamorous, Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator, and Best Flowers.  Show off your creation before 3 PM in the Plaza de Mexico on Opening Day. Only one category per contestant, there is no fee to participate and all entrants will receive two free admission passes to return to the races.    Category Prizes  First $300, Studio Savvy Salon Gift Basket ($200 value)  Second $200  Third $100 Grand Prize One-night stay at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and dinner for two at the Addison Restaurant, featuring Chef William Bradley's multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings plus $500 Studio Savvy Salon Gift Basket and two tickets to the official Opening Day After Pony Party. Total value of over $1,750. Wednesday, July 17 Gates Open 11:30 AM First Race 2:00 PM Hat Contest Entries Close 3:00 PM Finalists Announced After 5th Race  Winners Announced After 6th Race                  

Wednesday, July 17

The Party

The Party on Opening Day    Thrill seekers wanted for a day of style, fun and racing. Come to Del Mar for the ultimate Opening Day Experience at The Party presented by Coors Light. Tickets include Stretch Run Admission and exclusive access to The Party, Red Bull Tour Bus complete with world-class DJs, craft beers & cocktail bars, photo booths and private wagering. Del Mar reminds all of our thrill seekers that you must be 21+ to buy or consume alcohol.  Make sure to put your best hat forward and participate in the famous Opening Day Hats Contest tradition where constants can enter to win cash prizes.    Tickets       Wednesday, July 17  Gates Open 11:30 AM  First Race 2:00 PM  Hat Contest Entries Close  3:00 PM               

Wednesday, July 17

Official After Pony Party

The After Pony Party promises to be a sure winner with delights ranging from all-you-can-eat tasting stations, full bar service, a DJ, dancing, private cabanas and photo opportunities galore.  Rub elbows and celebrate your wins with celebrity jockeys and fellow race enthusiasts at the Official Opening Day After Party at Rancho Valencia. General Admission includes entry, welcome drink, delicious all-you-can-eat fare, and cash bar. A limited number of private cabanas with VIP bottle service are also available.  Tickets

Wednesday, July 17

Champions' Lounge

Champions' Lounge   Parlay all day in the Champions' Lounge this Opening Day overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Paddock at Del Mar! Relax at the first come first serve table seating while enjoying a delectable buffet, open bar as well as a specialty Del Mar welcome cocktail.   The complimentary bar will keep the party flowing with beer, wine, the all-new lineup of signature drinks and of course bubbly! International provisions and local favorites include sushi, spring rolls, ginger sesame slaw, mezze, antipasto, baja shrimp cocktail, chips and salsa, molcajete and artisan cheeses. Tickets include:
  • Exclusive Champions' Lounge Event Entry 
  • Buffet & Open Bar
  • Opening Day Admission
  • $10 Betting Voucher & Tip Sheet
  • Paddock Facing Open Seating
Tickets - SOLD OUT This event includes first come first served seating and availability is limited. Get your ticket now before they are gone!   Wednesday, July 17  Gates Open 11:30 AM  First Race 2:00 PM  Hat Contest Entries Close 3:00 PM  

Wednesday, July 17

Opening Day VIP

Opening Day VIP   Do Opening Day in style at a Private Party in the Blue Moon Celebrity Grill overlooking the paddock! Relax at the first come first serve table seating while enjoying a delectable buffet and open bar.   The open bar will keep the party flowing with beer, wine and everyone’s favorite signature drinks: the Del Margarita and the Del Mojito! Menu items range from Rainbow Cubano Sliders to Brandt Beef Short Rib Nachos, Del Mar Cobb Salad, Chicken Pomodoro and Del Mar's Signature Carrot Cake. Contact Ticket Office - SOLD OUT This event includes first come first served seating and availability is limited.    Wednesday, July 17  Gates Open 11:30 AM  First Race 2:00 PM  Hat Contest Entries Close 3:00 PM  

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