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Del Mar opens, and horse racing is just part of the party
Del Mar opens, and horse racing is just part of the party

DEL MAR — It was still morning, but the line for drinks spilled out of the dining car as the Amtrak train snaked down the coast bound for Del Mar on Thursday. Summer in San Diego can't really start without the Del Mar opener and, for many on the train, Del Mar can't really open without a drink or two beforehand. The 36-day meet began on Thursday, and the glamour and allure of horse racing there remains much the same as when Bing Crosby founded the track in 1937. Perhaps only Saratoga, in New York, still holds a summer meet as successful as Del Mar's. Del Mar has escaped the old, male stigma of many of its rivals by embracing the draws, such as its proximity to the...

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