DEL MAR (CNS) - And they're off!
Opening day of the 75th season of horse racing at the Del Mar Racetrack, "where the turf meets the surf," was highlighted Wednesday by the annual hat contest and $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds.
The "One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest" included Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, Most Glamorous, Best Flowers and Best Fascinator, which is a type of headpiece or hair accessory.
The grand prize was two American Airlines round-trip ticket vouchers to anywhere in the United States, while category winners received $300, with $200 for second place and $100 for third place. The Best Fascinator category offered a $100 first place prize.
Entrants to the hat contest also received two free admission passes for a future visit to the track.
The highlight of the 37-day meet is the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Aug. 26. Overall, nearly $7.8 million is available in stakes races.
The Friday concert series will continue this year, beginning with the San Diego-based Wavves this week.
For the most part, racing will take place Wednesday through Sunday, with first post at 2 p.m.
The exceptions are:
-- Fridays, when first post is 4 p.m.;
-- Pacific Classic day, when first post is 1 p.m.; and
-- Labor Day, in which races will take place on a Monday.
The season closes on Sept. 5.
Adam Shacknai is on the stand Monday, as testimony continues in the wrongful death lawsuit of Rebecca Zahau.
Get your kids in the kitchen with you! Cafe 21 will host a kids’ cooking and craft class Thursday, March 22nd to celebrate Easter and spring.
Caltrans is undertaking a six-week experiment on eastbound state Route 78 in Vista to study whether getting motorists to slow down could actually speed up their commute.
A warming trend that began Sunday in most of San Diego County will continue Monday with dry and warmer weather expected to continue until the middle of this week.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Since the shooting massacre last month at a Florida high school, at least 19 threats have been made against San Diego-area schools, and the San Diego County District Attorney's office has charged nine juveniles in connection with those threats and menacing messages.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.