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Del Mar race season set to begin July 17; second meet in November
Del Mar race season set to begin July 17; second meet in November

And they’re off. Racing season in Del Mar, a Southern California staple since Bing Crosby welcomed the first guest to the horse racing track in 1937, opens July 17 and continues until Sept. 3 this year. For the first time, Del Mar has added a 15-day meet in the fall, beginning Nov. 7. Admission and seat prices to the second meet vary. Del Mar's opening day rivals the Kentucky Derby for hats and headgear. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hats Contest with five categories, including best racing theme and most outrageous. The Bing Crosby Grand Prize includes a two-night stay at the Grand Del Mar with dinner for two and a $500 gift certificate from the Village Hat Shop. Its long...

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