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Opening day at Del Mar attracts many who really don't frequent races

Opening day at Del Mar attracts many who really don't frequent races

Understanding the success of opening day at Del Mar is recognizing that it’s the most important day in California racing for people who don’t care about horse racing.

The 77th opener for the seaside track came with the usual selection of accepted annoyances of long lines at the betting windows, bathrooms, concession stands, parking lots and a multi-mile back-up on the 5 Freeway at the Via de la Valle exit.

Before the first race, the crowd was eight deep around the paddock, hoping, straining to get a glimpse of one of the 10 horses set to go in the one-mile opener. There was a buzz as if Nyquist, Exaggerator, California Chrome and a reincarnated Mr. Ed...

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