Added by on July 17, 2015

As Olympic Blue raced across the finish line making 13 the lucky number for the first race, there was a noticeable change at the 76th annual Opening Day of the Del Mar Racetrack: the dirt.

Rafael Bejarnao, and the five-year old thoroughbred are the first to win on Del Mar’s mile-long $5-million dirt track consisting of 31,000 tons of El Segundo sand. Replacing the eight-year-old synthetic track with dirt will help conserve water at a time when California is facing a severe drought.

This year’s opening day attracted just over 40,300 people, slightly down from last year, but a manageable and healthy attendance. In the crowd, Caitlyn Jenner, who was given a tour by Del Mar Throughbred Club (DMTC) CEO, Joe Harper.

Millions of people poured through the gates of the Del Mar Throughbred Club dressed to the nines, snapping photos of each other, and posting endless selfies. It’s a day of fun people-watching as much as it is betting and cheering on a favorite jockey.

Of course, a main attraction: the hats and this year, one hat, in particular, aimed to attract more than just the judges’ eyes. Adde made her hat from synthetic and real hair in an effort to draw attention to cancer patients who need wigs.

Opening Day At The Races 2015

Del Mar Race season runs through September 6, 2015. The track is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays except Labor Day.

Special events include:

Daybreak at Del Mar, Weekends: get an early start on the weekend days with breakfast at the Club Terrace and a workout (or rather, watch the morning workouts). Former jockey and announcer, Jeff Bloom, answers your questions and gives you the behind-the-scenes 411 from 7:30 – 9:30am Saturdays and Sundays. There is no charge for admission to the event, but a $10 parking fee applies. (Those spending $25 or more in breakfast purchases will have the parking price deducted off the price of their bill.)

San Diego Craft Beer Fest, July 25 & August 29, 2015: San Diego is thirsty for craft beer so the DMTC is quenching the thirst. Learn more about how craft beer is helping the California economy.

Beer aficionados will enjoy the opportunity to sample from more than 100 different brews, including hard-to-find specialty choices to top-rated favorites from the local brewing scene.

Admission into the Beer Fest area is free with track admission of $6.

Receive five 7 oz. tastings for $20. Full-sized beers may also be purchased.

San Diego Brewery Participants for July 25 will include: Ballast Point, Green Flash, Duck Foot Brewing, Mike Hess Brewing, Coronado, Stone, Pizza Port and many more to be listed shortly.

DJ’s will be playing music throughout the day. Pair your beer with several Gourmet Food Truck offerings. Brewery reps will be on hand to answer questions about their brewery and beers plus check out unique beer-related vendors and much more.

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