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.
A gas line break in downtown has prompted area businesses to evacuate. The break was reported around 1 p.m. and is located near Fifth Avenue and E Street.
One week ago as diners packed restaurants in a Kearny Mesa a shooting broke out in the parking lot of a strip mall on Convoy Street.
Skies across San Diego County are mostly clear and will stay that way through the early Saturday. This will result in another night of tumbling temps into early Saturday morning.
The first phase of the city of San Diego's ordinance banning polystyrene foam and single-use plastics will go into effect on Saturday.
A pothole here. A pothole there. The City of San Diego says it has seen a spike in reports of potholes due to recent winter storms.
Hundreds of San Diego State students are dancing the night away Friday as part of a 15-hour dance marathon which will end Saturday morning.
The owner of an Ocean Beach sandwich shop is sharing surveillance video of a man he says stole the employees tip jar.
The National Weather Service on has issued a frost advisory from 10 p.m., Friday to 9 a.m., Saturday for the inland valleys of San Diego.
If you look East towards the horizon, you can see the fresh dusting of snow on our local mountains, thanks to the substantial storm system that blew through San Diego County.