Santa Anita’s opening day brings out some hats


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What do the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot races have in common -- besides horses, that is?

Hats. Both are famous for the elaborate headwear fans sport as they watch the races.

Hats haven’t been too big at our Santa Anita racetrack, which opened its season Monday with record attendance. But Ellen Olivier, reporting over at Society News LA, says there is a nascent movement to change that. This year the course and Pasadena magazine sponsored the first ‘Fascinators and Fedoras Hat Contest,’ to get Southern Californians into the spirit of those other venues. Not too many women came hatted this year, but among them was miliner Anne Albright de Bonrepos, above.


Still Carol Bader of the Del Mar Hat Co. in San Diego did a brisk business at the hat concession she set up in the Turf Club, above, and said hats are getting more popular at Santa Anita.

That’s a trend I like.


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Photos, from top: Anne Albright de Bonrepos models her hat. Carol Bader, left, with Chelsea Cantrell at Santa Anita’s opening day. Credits: Ellen Olivier / Society News LA