Opening Day at Del Mar

PONY LOVE: Del Mar Race Track is certainly one of the premiere tracks in all the land. The fact that many great horses have run there -- yep, we're thinking of you, Seabiscuit, among others -- and the fact that Hollywood glitterati had a hand in its beginnings -- yes, we're certainly thinking of Mr. Bing Crosby -- continue to lend the fairgrounds landmark a lot of loftiness. But the fact that fans continue to come all over for races, and the fact that opening day brings out the pomp, the circumstance, and for sure the big hats, is a testament to the track's modern-day stature. See that stature for yourself when Del Mar opens for the season on Wednesday, July 20.

WHAT'S NEW: There's a spankin'-fresh Winners Bar at the track, and a new restaurant. You can follow the other up-to-the-minute Del Mar haps here, or you can just take the train and disembark and do a bit of jumping and cheering for your favorite horse. Either way, it's a sunny, ocean-breezy, historic-horsey day out. Note that the season isn't a long one, and that everything clip-clops to a finish on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

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